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M KING NOR COUNTRY. BY Author of "Pierre and His People." Copyright, by Uncheller. Johnson nnd Huclicller.) I'AKT I. Of all the good men that Lincolnshire! gave to England to make her proud, btrong and handsome, none was strong er, prouder and more handsome than John Knderby, whom King Charles made a knight against his will. "Vour uraeloils inulestv," wild John I Knderby, when the king was come toj lloston town on (he business of drain- lug the Holland fen and other matters, more important and more secret, "the lionor your majesty would confer Is! well beyond a poor man like myself,! for all Lincolnshire knows that I am; driven to ninny shifts to keep myself above water. Times have been luirdi these ninny years, and, craving your! majesty's pardon, our tuNes have been' heavy." "Do you refuse knighthood of his majestv?" said Lord Jtlpplngdale, with u sneer, and patting the neck of lit.- : black stallion with a gloved hand. 'The king may command my life, my Lord Jtlpplngdale," was Knderby's ; reply, "he niny take me, Ixnly and bones and blood, for his service, but my poor name must remain as it Is when Ills majesty demands too high a price, for honoring it." i "Treason," said Lord lilpplngdaln just so much above his breath as thq king might hear. ' "This in our presence!" said the king, ' tapping his foot upon the ground, his brows contracting, and the narrow dignity of the divine right lifting his nostrils petulantly. "No treason, may it please your majesty," said Knderby, "mid it were better to speak boldly to the king's fuco than to be disloyal behind his back. 3Iy estates will not bear the tax which the patent of this knighthood involves. I can serve thu country no better as Sir John Knderby than as plain John Knderby, and I can seno my children best by shepherding my shattered fortunes for their suites." For a moment Charles seemed thoughtful, ns though Knderby's rea sons appealed to him, but Lord ltlp plngdale hud now the chance which for ten years lie had invited, and he would not let it pass. "The honor which his majesty ofTcrs, my good Lincolnshire squire, is more to your children than the lew loaves nnd fishes which you might leave them. We nil know how miserly John Knder by lias grown I" Lord ltlpplngdale had touched thu tenderest spot in the, king's mind. His vanity was no less than his inipccunios ity, and this was thu third time In ono day he hud been defeated In Ills efforts to confer an honor, and exact a price beyond all reason for that honor. The gentlemen he lind sought hud found business elsewhere, and were rot to be seen when Wit. messengers called at their estates. It was not the, king's way to give anything for nothing. Some of these gentlemen lind been benefited by the draining of the Holland fens, which the king had undertaken, reserving n stout portion of the land for himself; but John Kn derby benedt.-d nothing, for his estates lay further north, and near the hen, not far from the town of Mablethorpe. lie had paid all thu taxes which the king had levied and lind not mur mured beyond his own threshold. He spoke his mind with candor, nnd to him the king was still a man to whom the truth was to be told with u direct ness, which was the highest honor one man might show unotlier. "Jtank treason," repeated Lord ltlp plngdale, loudly. "Knderby has been in bad company, your majesty. If you are not wholly with the king, you aro ogulrtst him. 'lie that Is not with me Is against me, and he that gathereth not with mo scattereth abroad.' " A sudden nnger seized the king, nnd turning, he set foot in the stirrup, muttering something to himself which boded uo good for John Knderby. A roirn jiajestt i wn.i, not have THIS OWIAT.Nr.SB." gentlemnn held the stirrup while lie mounted, and, with Lord ltlpplngdale beside him in tho saddle, he turned and tpoku to Knderby. Self-will and re sentment were in his tone. "Knight of Knderby wu have made you," lie suid, "and Knight of Knderby you will reihnln. Look to It tlmUyou pay the fees for tho granting of your patent." "Your mnjesty.'Vnld Knderby, reach ing out his hand in protest, "I will not liuve this greatness you would thrust upon mo. Did your majesty need, nnd speak to me as one gentleman to (mother In his need, then would I part with the last Inch of my hind; but to barter my estate for n gift that 1 have no heart nor ut-e for your maj esty, I emiuot do It!" Thu hand of the king twisted in his bridle-rein, and his body stiffened in linger. "See to It, my Lord ltlpplngdale," ho raid, "that our knight here pays to the Inst penny for thu courtesy of the jiatviit. lou shall levy upon hla es tate." "Wo nre both gentlemen, , your maj esty, nnd my rights within the law are no less than your mnjeHty'B," said Uhiderby, stoutly. ' "The gentleman forgets thnt tho iking is the fountain of all Inw," said Xord Klppingdalo obliquely ti tho king. I "Wo will make one new statute for this stubborn knight," snld Chnrlcs', "even n writ of out hi wry. His estates nlmlt bo confiscate to the crown. Oo seek a hliiff mid country better united to your tastes, our rebel knight of Kn derby' " nm still nn Knderby of Knderby, mid n man of Lincolnshire, your maj esty," haul the atptlre, as the king rode towards lloston church, when; present )y lii'shoilld prny after this fiishion with his subjects there assembled: "Most heartily we beseech Thee with Thy favor to behold our most gracious sovereign King Charles. Knduo him plcnteously with Heavenly gifts; grant him in health mid wealth long to live; strengthen him that he may vanquish and overcome all his enemies; and, finally, after this life, lie may attain everlasting joy nnd felicity.'" With a heavy henrt Knderby turned homownrds; that is, towards Mablc- thropo upon this coast, which lies be tween balUleet Iluvcn and Skeg ness, two ports that nru places of mark in the history of the kingdom, as all the world knows lie had never been so vexed In his life, it was not so much anger against the king, for he had grekat. icverence for the monarchy of KJ7,V"&: butagninst Lord Itlpplngdalo Ills' . ,r. was violent. Yen before. In a quarrel between the Karl of Liikikc,, and Lord Itlpplngdiile, upon a public matter which parliament settled afterwards, ho had sided with the Karl of Llndsey. Tin two earls hail been reconciled afterwards, but Lord ltlpplngdale hud never forgiven Knd erby. !' In Knderby's brain Ideas worked somewhat heailly; but to-day his slumberous strength was infused with a spirit of action and the warmth of a pervasive idea. There was no darkness in his thought, but his pulse beat heavily and lie could feel the veins throbbing underbills ear Impetuously. Once or twice us he rode on in the declining afternoon he muttered to himself. Now it was: "My Lord Itlpplngdiile, Indeed!" or "Not even for a king!" or "Sir John Knderby, forsooth! Sir John Knderby, forsoothl" Once again he spoke, min ing In his horse beside u tall cross at four corners, neur Stlckford by the Knst Ken. Taking olt his hat he prayed: "Thou just God, do Thou judge be tween my king and myself. Thou knowest that 1 have striven ns an hon est gentleman to do right before all men. hen I have K'cn my sin, oh, i Lord, 1 havo repented! Now I have come upon perilous times, the pit-falls are set for my feet. Oil, Lord, establish me In true strength! Not for my sake do 1 ubk that Thou wilt be with me and Thy wisdom comfort me, but for tho sake of my good children. Wilt Thou spare my life In these troubles until they be well formed; till the kid have the bones of a man, and the girl the wise thought of a woman for sho hut I) no mother to shield and teach her, And if this be a wrong prayer, oh, Ood, forgive it: for I am but a blundering squire, whoso tongue tells lamely what his lieart feels." His head was bowed over his horse's neck, his face turned to the cross, his eyes were shut, nnd he did not notice the strange and grotesque figure that suddenly appeared from ninong the low bushes by the fen near by. It was an odd creature perched upon stilts; one of those persons called the htllt-walkers. They were no friends of the king, nor of the earl of Llndsey, nor of my Lord ltlpplngdale, for the drain ing of tliesu fens took from them their ini-ans of llvhig. They were messen gers, postmen and carriers across the ivido stretch of country from Spilsby, even down to the river Wlthain, anil from lloston Deep down to Market Deeping and oier tothc sea. Since these fens were drained one might travel from Market Deeping to Thu Wolds without wetting a foot. "Aw-'ll trouble thee a moment, mnls ter," said the peasant. "A stilt-walker beant nowt 1' the woorld. Howsoinu'er, uw've a woord to speak 1' thy ear." Knderby reined In his hor.se, und with n nod of complaisance (for he was a man ever kind to the poor, and patient ivith thosu who fared ill in thu world) lie waited for tho other to speak. "Thoo'rt the great Knderby of Kn derby, maister," said the peasant, duck ing his head and then putting on his cap; "aw'vo known thee sin tha wast jo bigger nor n bit gruss'opper I' the Held. Wilt tha ride long, Sir John Knderby, and aw'll walk aside thee, tun gray nag with,thy sorrel." Uu glanced down humorously at his own long wooden legs. Knderby turned his horse round nnd proceeded on his way slowly, the old man striding along besldu him like a Btork. "Why do you dub me knight ?" ho nsked, his eyes searching thu face of the old man. "Why shouldna nw enll thee knight If the king calls thee knight? It is the dooty of a common nuiii to call thee Sir John, and tak off his hat at saying o It" His hat came off, and he nodded in such an odd way that Knderby burst out into a good honest laugh. "Dooth thu rememba little Tom Dowsby that went hoontllig with thee when tha wert not yet come to age?" continued the stllt-wnlker. "Doost tha rememba when, for a jest, thee and mo stopped the lord bishop, tha own uncle, in the high way at midnight, nnd took his poorso from him, ami the rich gold chain from his neck? And doost tha reiuemba that tha wsmld have his upron loo, for thu said that if it kept a bishop clean woulilua It keep. hlgliwjiiymen clean, whose work was- not so clean os a bishop's? Sir John Knderby, aw loovo theo better than the king, an' aw loovo better than my Lord Itlppln'dnlo ah, theeru'B a sour heart in a goodly body!" John Knderby reined up his horsu and looked the stllt-wnlker in tho face. "Are you Httlo Tom Dowsby?" said he, "nre you that scamp? Ho laughed all at once ns though he und not a trouble in the World. "And do you keep up yowt evil practices? Do you still waylay bishops?" - "If nw 'confessed to Heaven or man, nw would confess to thee, Sir John Knderby; but aw'Jl confess nowt." "And how know you that I urn Sir John Enderby?" , "Kven in Sleafojd town aw Jsem tq know it. Aw stood no further from t i:.vi)i:iuiY i.oout'.i) hack, and watciikii HIM rOlt A MOMKNT GtmiOUSIiY. his majesty nnd Lord Jtlpplngdale than aw stand from you, when the pair talked by the Ureut Hoar inn. Whcro doost tha sleep to-night?" "At Spilsby." "To-night the king sleeps at Sutter bv on The Wolds. 'Tin well for thee tha doost not bide wi' his majesty. Thecr, aw'vc done thee a service!" hat service have yo doncmc? "Aw yc told hee hat tha inoostsleep by hp Isby when the king sleeps at Sutterby. are-thee-well, j Dolling his cap once more, the st It-1 walker suddenly stopped, and, turning aside, made his way with nn almost Incredible swiftness ncror.s the fen, taking the ditches with huge grotesque strides. Knderby looked buck nnd watched him for a moment curiously. TAUT 11. Suddenly the man's words began to repeat themselves In Knderby's head: "To-night the king sleeps at Sutterby on The Wolds. 'TIs well for thee tha doost not bide wi' his majesty." Pres ently a do.en vague Ideas began to take form. The man had come to warn him not to Join the king at Sutterby. There was some plot against Charles! These stilt-walkers wen; tools in the hands of the king's foes, who were growing more powerful every dny. Ho would sleep to-night, not nt Spilsby, but at Sutterby! He was a loyal sub jeet; no harm that he could prevent j Miouiti come to tlie King. llefore you conic to Sutterby on The j uouis, as you n.ivci norm 10 me icii ; kind, there Is a combo through which the highwuy passes, and a stream which has on one side many rocks and bould ers, nnd on the other a sort of hedge Of trees and shrubs. It was here that tho enemies of the king, that is, some stilt walkers, with two dishonorable gentle men who hud suffered from the king's oppressions, placed themselves to way- lay his majesty. Lord Itippingdale had published it abroad that, thu king's routo was towards Jlorncastle, but ut with tears In thine eyest" Stlckney by the fens the royal party, She took his hand and drew him in separated, most of the company passing 1 le the house, where, laying aside Ins on to Jlorncastle, while dairies, Lord. Til I 1 1 1 ,1 I JlipiniiKuiuu unit iu uiner eilYlllll-r.l proceeded on a secret visit ton gentle man at Louth. I'j was dnrk when the king nnd his company come to the combe. Lord Itlpplngdulc suggested to his majesty that one of the gentlemen should ridq ahcud to guard against surprise or nm-; bush, but tho king laughed, nnd mid that his shire of Lincoln bred no brigunds, and he rode on. He was In the coach with a gentleman beside him, and JiOru Jtlppingilale rode upon the right. Almost ns the hoofs of the lenders plunged into the stream there came tho whinny of n horse from among the ; iouluers. AlarmetS, Tr.P et.-tiuuimn i j whipped up his team and Lord Itip- pingdale ctnppcd his huiiil upon hla sword. Kven nil he did it two men sprang out j from among the rocks, seized thu I horses' heads, and a dozen others swarmed round, all masked and aruu'd, nnd called upon the king's party if. surrender, and to deliver up their vnlu ( ables. One ruflluii made to seize tire ! bridlu of Lord Itippingdale's horse, but my lord's sword came down and severed the fellow's hand nt the wrist. "Villain!" he shouted, "do you know whom you attack?" For nnswer, shots rung out; and ns the king's gentlemen gathered close to tlie conch to defend him, the king him self opened tlie door and stepped out As ho did so i stilt struck him on the head. Its owner hod aimed ltotLorJ i.onn luri'ixoDAi.i: was at onckiiksidu IIIM 1'IOIITINO OAI.I.ANTI.Y. ltlpplngdale; but ns my lord's horse plunged, it missed him, and struck the king fair upon the crown of the head. lie swayed, groaned nnd fell back into the open door of tho couch. Lord lilpplngdulu was at onco beside him, sword drawn, and fighting gallantly. "Scoundrels!" he cried, "will you kill your king?" "Wo will have the money which tho king carries," cried ono of his nssnll mits. "Tho price of three knight hoods and tho taxes of two shires wo will have!" One of the king's gentlemen hnd fall en, and another was woundtd. Lord ltlpplngdale. was hold pressed, hut in what seemed the Inst extremity of tho king und his party there came a shout from the other side of the strenm: "God save the klngl For thu king! For the king!" A dozen horsemen splashed their way ncross the strenm, and with Hwords nnd pistols drove through tho king's nasullnntB nnd surrounded his conch. The rufllnns made nn attempt to rally and resist the onset, but pres ently broke and rnn,' pursued by a half-dozen of his majesty's defenders. Five of tho assailants were killed and several were wounded. As Lord Jtlpplngdale turned to Charles to raise litm, the coach-door wns opened upon tho other side, a light yvus thrust In, and over the unconscious Inidy o the king my lord recognized John Knderby. "His majesty" begun John Knderby. "His mnjestv Is better," replied Lord Itlpplngdiile, as the king's eyes half opened. "You lend these gentlemen? This should bring you a barony, Sir John," my lord ndded, half graciously, hnlf satirically for the honest truth of this mnn's nature vexed Win. "The king will thank you." "John Knderby wants no reward for being u loyal subject, my lord," an swered Knderby. Then with another glance at the king, In which he knew that his maj esty was recovered, he took oft his hat, bowed, and, mounting Ills horse, lode away without a word. At. Sutterby the gentlemen received gracious' thanks of the king who find been here delivered from the first act of violence made tignlmit him In lib relgn. Of the part, which Knderby had played Lord ltlpplngdale cold no nioro to the king than this: "Sir .John Knderby was of these gen tlemen who saved your majesty's life. Might It not beem to your majesty that" Was lie of them?" Interrupted the I I.I.. ... 1.I...11... nil nt. nnnn nut fiF MlmH vnl)lt . nm, nlirnm. st.lf-will, , Ulfnll .. ..When he hath , , f , 1ul4!llt of his knighthood, ,R.n win we welcome bin, to us, and , , f KlIllerl .... Next dny when Knderby entered the great iron gates of the grounds of Knderby House the bell was ringing for noon. Thu house was long nnd low, with a fine tower In the center, nnd two i wings ran back, forming the courtyard, which would have been entirely In- closed had the stables moved up to , complete the square. When Knderby came out Into tho broad sweep of glass nnd lawn, flanked on either side by commendable trees, the sun shining brightly, the rooks Jly- j ing overhead, and the smell of rijx: sum- j i.ier in the air, he drew up his horse mid sat looking before him. i "To lose It I To lose it!" ho said, and a Irown gathered upon his forehead. Kvcn as he looked, the figure of a girl niipeored In the great doorway. Catch ing sight of the horseman, she clapped ,, ultl wavud tnLMJ1 dcllghtedlv j.d-iiv's face cleared, ns the sun bmil!4 through n mnss of clouds nnd jferuU.ns l the landscape. The slum 1)V(ns cyva flowed, the square head cniue up. In live minutes lie hud dis mounted at the grcnt stone steps nnd was clnsplng his daughter in his nrius. "Felicity, my denr daughterl" ho snld, tenderly nnd gravely. She threw bnck her head with a gay cty which bespoke the bubbling laugh ter in her heart, and said: "llooh! to thy soleiifn voice. Oil, i,au m-ent bear, dost thou love me ,t ami gloes nnd sword, they pr.seed .... .... into tlie great library. "Conic, now, tell me nil of the plnccs thou bust been to," sliu said, perching hurt-elf on his armchair. He told her and she counted them off i one by one .upon her fingers, "That is ninety miler of travel thou hast hnd. What is the most plenslng thing thou hast seen?" "It was in Stickfurd by the Fen," ho ' r.nswercd, nfter a perplexed pause. . "There was an old man upon the road side with his liend bowed In his hands, bailie lads were making sport of him, for lie seemed so woe-begone and old. Two cavaliers of the king emne by. j One of them stopped and drove the lnils nway, then going to the old man, he said: 'Friend, what is thy trouble?' The old man raised his melancholy face mid answered: 'Aw'm afeared, sir.' 'What fear you?' inquired the young gentleman. 'I fear inn wife, sir,' re plied the old man. At that the other cm idler sat back In his saddle and guffawed merrily. 'Well, Dick,' said he to his friend, 'Hint is the worst fear In this world. All, Dick, thou bust never been married.' 'Why do you fear your w'ife?' asked Dick. 'Aw'vc been robbed ol ma horse and saddle and twelve skeins o' wool. Aw'm lost, aw'm ruined and shall raise ma liend nevermore. To mn wlfo aw shall ne'er return.' 'Tut tut, man,' said Dick, 'get buck to your wife. You aro master of your own house, you rule the roost. What Is a wife? A wife's a woman. You are a man. You nre bigger and stronger, your bones nre harder, (let home and wiar a furious face and batter in tho door anil say: "What, ho, thou huzzy!" Why, man, fear you the wife of your bosom?' The old man raised his head and said: 'Tha doost not know ma wife or tha wouldst not speak like that.' At. that Dick laughed mid snld: 'Fellow, T do pity thee;' and taking the old man by the shoulders, he lifted him on his own horse and took him to the vil lage fair, and there bought him twelve sl-elns of wool and sent him on ills way rejoicing, with a horse worth twenty times his own." With her chin in her hands the girl had listened intently to the story. When it was finished she said: "What didst thou say was the gentle man s mime? "His friend cnlled him Dick. He is n poor knight, one Sir Itlchard Mowbray, of Leicester, called at court and else where Happy Dick Mowbray, for they do say u happier and hrover lieart never woro the king's uniform." "Indeed I should like to know that Sir Itlchard Mowbnry. And, tel.l me now, who Is the greatest person thov hast seen in thy absence?" "I saw the king at lloston town." "The king! The king!" Her eyes lightened, her hands elnpped merrily "What did lie say to theo? Now, now, Micro is that dark light in thine ejea "TUI JUNOl THE lUNdl" ngnltu I will not have It so!" With her thumbs she daintily drew down the eyelids nnd opened themngaln. "There, flint's better. Now whnt did the king sny to thee?" "He said to mo that I should bo Sir John Knderby, of Knderby." "A knight! A knight! lie mndc theo a knight?" she asked gnyly. Shu slipped from his knee and courtesled be fore Win, then seeing the heaviness of his look, she added: "llooh! Sir John Knderby, why dost thou look so grave? Is knighthood so blgn burden thou dost groan under it? "Come here, my lass," he snld gently. "Thou art young, but dny by dny thy wisdom grows, mid 1 can trust thee. It Is better thou shauldst know from my own lips the peril this knighthood brings, than that trouble should sud denly fall and thou be unprepared." Drawing her closely to him he told her thu story of his meeting with the king; of Lord ltlpplngdale; of the king's threat to levy upon his estates and tc issue a writ of outlawry ugnlnal him. 1'AltT III. For a moment the girl trembled, nnd Knderby felt her hands grow cold In his own, for she had n quick and sensitive nature and passionate Intelligence and Imagination. 'Anther," she wJd, pnntlngly,' 'Hhe king would make thee an outlaw, would set!1 upon thy estates, because thou wo'.lldst not pay the price of n paltry knighthood I" Suddenly her face flushed, the blood came bnck with a rush, and sin; stood upon her feet. "1 would follow thee to the world's end , , ..... . ... . , rather than thnt thou shotil! 1st pay one TWitmi ffn' lull limn. Tim lrlnn penny for that honor, The klntfl offered thee knighthood? Why, two hundred years before the king was born, an Knderby was promised on earldom. Why shoiildst thou take a knighthood now? Thou didst right, thou didst right," Her fingers clasped in eager emphasis. "Dost thou not see, my child," said ho, "that any hour the king's troops may surround our house mid take me pris oner mid separute thee from nie? I sea but one thing to do; even to take thee at oncu from here und place thee with thy mint, Mistress Fnlklngham, In Shrewsbury." "Father," the girl said, "thou shall not put mo away from thee. Let tin king's men surround Knderby House, and the soldiers and my Lord Hipping- dale levy upon the estates of Knderby. Nclthcr'hls majesty nor my Lord ltlp, pingdale dare put n linger upon me 1 would tear their eyes out!" Knderby smiled half sadly nt her, and answered: "The fear of a woman Is one of tho worst fears in tWs world. Hoohl" So ludicrously did he imitntc her own maimer of a few moments before that humor drove away the Hush of anger from her face and she sat upon his chair-arm and said: "Hut we will not part; we will stnnd here till tlie king and Lord Itippingdale do their worst, is it not so, father?" He patted her head caressingly. "Thou sayest right, my lass; we will remain at Knderby. Where is thy brother Garrett?" "Do has gouo over to Mnblcthorpe, but will return within tlie fiour," she replied. At that moment there wns n sound of hoofs in the courtyard. Itunning to rear window of the library Mistress Felicity clapped her hands and said: "It Is he Garrett." Ten minutes afterwards tho young man entered, lie was about two years older than his sister; that Is, seventeen. He was very tall for his age, with dark hair mid a pale dry face, mid of dis tinguished bearing. Unlike his father he was slim and gracefully built, with no breadth or power to his shoulders, but. mi athletic suppleness, mid n refine ment almost womanlike. lie was tenacious, overbearing, self-willed, somewhat silent, und also somewhat bud tempered. There was excitement in his eye as he entered. He-eanie straight to hla father, giving only a nod to Mistresi Felicity, who twisted her head in a demure little way as If In mockery of his important manner, "Hoohl my lord duke!" she said al most under her breath "Well, my son," said Knderby, giving him his hand, "your face has none so cheerful n look. Hust thou no welcome, for thy father?" "I am glad that you ore home again, sir," said young Knderby, more dutiful ly than cordially. There was silence for a moment. "You do not ask my news," said his father, eyeing him debutingly "I have your news, sir," was the young man s hulf sullen reply, His sister came near her father, whcro. she could look hur brother straight in the face, and her deep blue eyes fixed upon him intently. The smile almost faded from her lips, ami her square ehlu seemed suddenly to take on nn air of seriousness and strength. "Well, sir?" nsked his father. "That you, sir, have refused a knight' hood of the king, that he Insists upon your keeping it, that ho Is about to levy upon your estates, und that you are out lawed from Lngland. "And what think you about the mat ter?" asked his father. "I think It Is a gentleman's duty to take the king s gifts wltlioutqucstlon,1 answered tho young man. "Whether thu king be just or not, eh? Where ,would Knglund have been, my son, if tho borons hnd submitted to King John? Where would the Knder- bys have been had they not withstood the purposes of Queen Mary? Come, come, the king has a chance to prove himself as John iinueroy lias proven himself. Midst other news heurd you not thnt Inst night 1 led a dozen gentle men to the rescue of tho king?" '"Twiis suid in thu villngo thnt his majesty would remove his , interdict und l'uiku you a baron, sir, if you met his levy for tho knighthood." "That I shall never dol Answer me, my son, do you stand with the king or with your father in this?" "I nm an Knderby," answered tho youth, moodily, "and I stnnd with the bend of our house." That night as candles wero being lighted, threu score of the king's men, headed by Lord ltlpplngdale, placed themselves before the house, and nn officer was sut forward to summon forth John Knderby. Knderby had gathered his men to gether, nnd they were posted for de fense ut tho doorways and entrances, and ulong" the battlements. Tho win dows weru all heavily shuttered and barred. ' The young officer cojumlssjoned to demnnd nn Interview with J'inderby came forward and knocked nt the great entrnnec door. It opened presently and showed within the hallway a dozen men well armed. Knderby came for ward to meet him. "I am Sir lllohnrd Mowbray," said the newcomer. "I am sent by Lord Itlp plngdalo who arrives on a mission from his majesty." Knderby, recognizing his visitor, was mild In his reply. "Sir Itlchard Mowbray, 1 pray you tell Lord ltlpplngdale thnt ho Is welcome us commissioner of the king." Mowbray smiled and bowed. "My lord begs mo to usk that you will come forth and speak with him, Sii John?" "My compliments to Lord ltlpplng dale, Sir Itlchard, and sny that lean bet' tcr entertain his majesty's commis sioner within my own house." "And all who wait with him?" nskei! the young oflleer, with a dry sort o) smile. "My lord and his officers and gentle men, but not his troopers." Mowbray bowed, and as lie lifted hli bend again lie saw the face of Mistrcsi Felicity looking through the doorwiij of tho library. Their eyes met. On c sudden a new Impulse cumu to Wi thoughts. "Sir John Knderby," snld he, "1 know how honorable a man you are, and I think 1 know thu way you feci. Hut, os one gentleman to another, permit in) a word of counsel. 'Twuru better t humor my Lord ltlpplngdale and U yield up to the king's demands than tt nil. Ji.IV.IV ,uui ..in. ..rut..., t)mt ,H , , n ,0 nmn ,., ... .. - 1,.... ..II T.J, ..,..,,, ...wi i.u.r..i me, but with a gentleman who litis tin care of a daughter, perhaps" his looli again met the young lady's fact "tin ease Is harder. A little yielding on youi part" "I will not yield!" was Knderby's re ply. Mowbray bowed once more, and re tired without more speaking, In a few moments he returned, Lore" Hlpplngdale with him. The entrnna II PS: "i am sin niciiAiin MowniiAY." doors were oncu'more opened and my lord, hi a temper, nt once began: "You press your courtesies too far, Sir John Knderby." "Less strenuously than tho gentle men of the road pressed their discourte sies upon his mujesty nnd yourself Inst night, my lord." "I am come upon that business. For your bravery and loyalty, if you will nc cept the knighthood, and pay the sum set as the courtesy for the patent, his uiajesty will welcome you at court and raise you to a barony. Hut his majesty must see that his dignity be not injured." "The king may have my life and al my goods as a gift, but I will not give either by these indirect menus. It does not lie In a poor squire like mo to offend tho king's dignity." j "You are resolved?" j "I nm resolved," answered Knderby, stubbornly. "Then you must benr the conse quences, and yield up your estates ami person into my hnnds. Yourself and your family are under nrrcst, to be dealt with hereafter as his majesty sees fit." "I will not yield up my estates, nor my person, nor my son and daughter, of my free will." With an Incredulous smile, ltlpplng dale was about to leave and enter upon a siege of the house, when ho saw young Knderby, and caught a strango look in his face. "Young gcntlcmnn," said he, "aro you n cipher in this game? A barony hongs on this. Are you as stub born nud unruly as tho head of your house?" Gnrrett Knderby mnde no reply, but turned nnd walked Into the library, his fnther's nnd slater's eyes following him in doubt and dismay, for tho chnneewas his nt that moment to prove Wmself. A moment nfterwards Lord Illpping dolo was placing his men to attack the house, disposing of some to se cure a timber to batter in thu door, and of others to make assaults upon tho rear of the building. Knderby had placed his men advantageously to resist attack, giving thu defense of the rear of the house to his son. Mis tress Felicity he. had sent to nn upper room in the core of her aunt. Presently tho king's men began the action, firing wherever a llgure showed itself, and carrying a log to butter in tho entrance door. Knderby's men did good work, bringing down four of tho besiegers nt the first volley. Thosu who carried thu log hesitated for a moment, nnd Knderby called en couruglngly to his men. At this exciting moment, while call ing to his men, ho saw what struck him dumb hlb son hurrying forward with a flog of truce to Lord Itippingdale! Instantly my lord commanded his men to retire. "My God!" said Sir John, with a groan, "my son my only son! a traitor!" And turning to his men ho bade them eenso firing. Throwing open' the entrance doors he stood upon the steps and waited for Lord Itipplngdule. "You see, Sir John Knderby, your son" began my lord. "It was to maintain my rlghtB, nnd for my son's sake and my daughter's thot 1 resisted the command of the king," interrupted tho distressed and dishonored gentleman, "but now " "Hut now you yield?" He Inclined his head, then looking down to the place where his son stood, he said: "My son my only son!" And his eyes filled with tears. His distress was so moving that even my lord was constrained to say: "He did it for your sake, Mis majes ty will-" With a gesture of despair Knderby turned and entered the Iiourc and parsed Into tho library, where ho found his doughter. I'ale and tearful sho threw herself Into his arms. At eleven o'clock that night as they Bat In the same room, while Lord Itlb pingdale nnd his ofllcers supped In tho dining-room, Sir Itlchard Mowbrhy hurriedly entered. "Come quickly," said he, "thevoy Is clear hcr by this window tho pen tlncls are drunk! You will find hbrsea 'COMR QUICKLT, SAID HE, TUB WAY IS CI.EAIt." by the gate of the grape-garden, ant two of vour serving-men mounted. They will take you to n hiding plnco on the toast I lmvo Instructed them." As ho talked he helped them through tho window, and bade them good-by hurriedly, but ho did not let MIstresa Felicity's hand drop till ho had kissed It nnd wished her a wWspcred God speed. Wlien thoy hail gono ho listened for a time, but hearing no sound of sur prise or discovery he returned to tho supper room, whcro Garrett Knderby sat drinking with Lord Itipplngdalo and tlie cavaliers. TO BE CONTINUED. j i THE REIGN OF TERROR. Thoro Is horror too prollflo In tho jargon sci entific which disturb the mood paclflo Of tho OTcllnnry man; In thvi'i awful talcs that thrill us ot a buca bun bacillus that Is hiding noar to kill ua If by any chance it can. 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