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A JUS LJ By SIR WALTER BESANT Coiwiyht, CHAPTER X. THE EXI'HCTM) JJLOW. HAT evening the Mow, feared and expected, fell, for then we lost, or thought we lost, our maid. 1 found the captain sitting In the summer house olotio without the usual sol ace of his tobacco and his October. "Jack," he said, with a gloomy sigh. "I am now the happiest of men be cause my Molly Is the most fortunate of women. 1 have attained the utmost I could hope or ask. The most virtuous of men 1 should say noblemen has asked the hand nt our girl. Molly will be a countess! Bejolce with mo!" I stood outside on the grass, having no words to say. "She will marry him Immediately. Nothing could be more happy or nioro fortunate. Sneb rank, such a position as places her ou a level with the high est ladles of the land, though tho daughter of plain folk, with a ship owner for a father and a sailor's daughter for a mother there Is pro motion for you, .Tarkl" "Sho will go away, then, and leave us?" "Aye, aho will leave us, .Tack. Sho will leave us. Ills lordship you do not ask who It Is." "Who can tt be, captain, but Lord Fyllngdnie?" "The best of men. lie will carry her olf to his country house, where they will live retired for awhile, yet In such state as belougs to her rank. We shall lose her, of course. That, however, we always exnected. The country house Is In Gloucester, on the other side of Kngland. Perhaps she may get to see us, but I nm 75 or perhaps more, and Jennifer, her mother, is not far from 00. I cannot look to set eyes on her again. What matter," he hemmed bravely and sat upright "what mat ter, I soy, so that the girl Is happy? 'Tier mother may perhaps set eyes on her once more, but she will be changed, because, you see, our Molly must now become a tine lady." "Yes," I groaned; "sho must become v. lino lady." "Jack, sometimes I am sorry that she has so much money. Yet what was 1 to do? Could I waste and dissi pate her money? Could I give away her ships? Could I glvo her, with tho fortune i a princess, to a plain and simple skipper? No. Providence, Prov ide nco. Jack, hath so ordered things. I could not help myself." "No, captain, you could not help things. Yet" I broke off. "Well, Jack, why dou't you rejoice with me? Why the devil don't you laugh and sing? All you want Is to bee her happy. Yet there you stand as glum and dumb as a mute at a fu neral." "I wisli her happiness, sir, with nil my heart." "Sam Scrapie came hero this after noon by order of my lord. Sam gives himself airs now that he Is a secretary and companion. lie came and demand ed conversation with mo. It was quite private, he said, nnd of the utmost im portance. So we sat in the parlor, and with a bottle of wine between us we talked over the business. First he told mo that his patron, as he calls him, meaning his master, hail been greatly taken with the Innocence and the beauty of Molly. I replied that unless he was a stork or a stone or an Ice berg I expected nothing less. He went on to say that, although a noble earl with a long pedigree and a great es tate, his patron was willing to contract niarrlag.- with a girl who was not oven of gentle birth and had nothing but her beauty and her lunocence. I told him that she l'id, In addition, a very large fortune. lie said that his pa tron scorm d the thought of money, being ahead;,- as rich as most noble men of bis exalted rank; that he was willing also to pass over any defects In manners, coin crsat Ion ond carriage, which wtniVi lie remedied by a little ncgualii'auie with the polite world. In a word, his lordship offered his hand, his nmir. his title, his rank and himself to my ward." "Ills condescension," I said, "is be yond all prsii-1'." "I think so, too; beyond all praise. I ask hl-i ad . lee touching a husband for my girl. He priinii.es his assist ance in the mutter, ami he then offers himself Ji. l, could anything bo more fortunate?" "I hope it may turn out so. What don M. Uy i-ay?" "Yen nny go in and ask her yourself. She will tell you more than she will tell nnybmly !,.. Tho matter is to bo kept for the pit-out a profound secret be tween his l irdshlp and our.-elves. I'.ut since t-i.ai Scmplo knows It, and Jen nifer knows It. and you are one of our selves, therefore you may as well know It too. Hut don't tulk about It." "Why ihould It lie kept a secret? "Why should It not ho proclaimed every where?" "My lord says that the place Is a hot bed of .scandal; that he would not have Molly's name passed about In the pump room, to be the object of common gos sip and Inventions uindu up of envy and malice. He would spare Molly this. When she Is once married and taken away from the place, they may hay what they please. Whatever they Bay, they cannot do her any harm. Why, some of them even declared that she was one of the company of stroll ing actresses. There Is nothing that they will in t Kay." " I uindu no reply because It certainly did seem as if in asking for m-ereey his It rdshlp had acted In Molly's Inter ests. "Well, captain, wo must mnko the best of It. You must tlnd your own happiness In thinking of Molly's." "What aggravates me. Jack, Is the ridiculous behavior of my cuualu Jen Ri Mil H iiMjpr9 rPY I W ISkT -f IUI 11 IN! 1000, fjy Sir lPo7fr 7?f.wi nifer. Sho Is In tho kitchen crying, and the black with her. (In and comfort her before you see Molly." I looked Into the kitchen. Molly's mother sat In the great wooden chair beside the liroplnco. She held her apron In her hands its if she had Just pulled It off hor face, and the tears wor on her cheeks. When Bbo saw me, they began to How again. "Jack," she said, "have you heard the news? Has the captain told you? The worst has hap pened. I have lost my girl. Sho Is to be married. She will go nway. She will marrj a man who scorns her guaid lan and despises her mother. A bad beginning. Jack. No good can come of such n marriage. A bad beginning. Oh, I foresee tinhapplnoss! How can Molly become a line ludyV She Is but a Flmple girl, my own daughter. I have made her a gnnd housewife, and nil her knowledge will be thrown away and lost. It is a had business, Jack. Ni gra has been telling her fortune. There Is uothlng hopeful. All the cards are threatening. And the magpies and tho screech owl" She fell to weeping again, after which she broke out anew: "The cap tain says lie is the most virtuous man In the world. It Isn't true. If ever I snw the Inside of a man In my life. I have seen the Inside of that man. Ho Is corrupt through and throuch" "Hut consider. All Hie world Is cry lug up his nnblo conduct uud his many virtues." "They may say what tbey like. It Is false. He Is heartless. He is cold, lie Is sellish. He marries Molly for her money. Persuade the captain, if you can. He will not believe me." "How can I persuade him? 1 have no knowledge. Are they all In a talc? Are you the only pel son who knows tho truth? How do you know It?" "I know I. because I love my girl, and so I cau read the very bouI of a man. I have read your soul, Jack, over and over airaln. You arc true ami faithful. You would love her and cherish her. Hut this man he knows not what love means nor fidelity nor anything. Go. .lack. There Is no help In you or In nny other becauso there Is none other." She spoke the words of the prayer book: "'None other that fighteth for us but only thou, O GodJ Only thou, O God!' " She covered her fnco again with her apron and fell to Bobbing afresh. So I went Into the parlor where Molly was sitting. "Jack!" She Jumped up. "Oh, Jack! I want you so budly." "I know all, Molly except what you yourself say and think about It." She had a piece of work In her bauds, and she began to pull It and pick It as Bhe replied. For the first time In my life I found Molly uncertain nnd hesi tating. "The captain says that It Is tho great est honor that was ever offered to any woman to be raised from a lowly condi tion to a high rank, nnd all for love." "All for love?" I asked. "Why, what else cau It bo that made him fight for me with that desperate villain? He risked his life. Whatever happens, .luck, I cannot forget that." "No. It was doubtless a great tiling to do. Has he told you himself that It was all for love?" "He bus not spoken about love at all. He has never once been alone with me. It seems thnt these great people make love by message. He sent a message by Sam Semple" "A very line messenger of Cupid, truly!" "offering marriage. The onptnln cannot contain his satisfaction and sits glum. My mother says that she will never see me ugoin nnd begins to cry." "Well, but, Molly, to be suro It Is a great thing to become countess. Most women would jump at the rhance un der any conditions. Do you, however, think that you can love tho mnn?" "He hasn't asked for lovo. Oh, .Tark, to think that people should marry each other without u word of love! If ho loves me, I suppose he thinks that I am bound to give him love in return." "There again, Molly, do you love tho man?" "Jack, nobody knows me better than you. What reply can I make?" "He Is too cold and too proud for you, Molly. How can you love him? Perhaps," I added, becauso 1 wns very sure that she would marry him, "after marriage you will find that his cold ness Is only a cloak to hide his natural warmth and that his pride covers his wile as well ns himself." "He Is a good man. Everybody says so. Lady Anastnsla declares that he Is the most honorable anil high principled of men. On that point 1 am safe. And think, Jack, what a point It Is. Why, to marry a drunkard, a sot, a profligate, a gambler one would sooner die at tnice, ami so an end, But I can trust niytelf with li i in. 1 have no fear of such treatment as drives some wives to distraction. Yet he Is colli iu his man ner rntl proud In his speech. I might 11ml it in my heart to love him If I was not afraltl of him." And so sho went backward and forward. Ho was so good ami so great; his wife must h1 ,waya uisuoct ,hlu), JLLu jyuh of. yuuJi bo Tuul cia Motiv 9 roll tovt m MAUI exalted; It wns a gront lionor to be-1 come his wife. He wns so bravi1! Mia owed lit'i rescue to his bravery. Vet ho hud spoken no word of love, nor had (she Been nny sign of love. I asked her what sign she expected, and she wan con fused. "Of course," sho unld, "any girl knows very well when a man Is In love with her." "How does she know?" I naked her. "Shu knows becauso alio knows." I suppose sho felt that thej man was not In love with hor just us her mother felt that his character for vlrtuo and nobility was assumed "corrupt within," she said. Women are made so. And In the next breath Molly repeated that whnt his lordship had done was done for love. "How do you know?" 1 asked again. "Because the captain says so." she replied, with unconscious Inconsistency. "Is the courtship to be conducted en tirely by messenger?" 1 asked. "No. He will come tomorrow mom- Ing and see me. 1 am to give him nn answer then. Hut the captain has ol ready told him what the answer Is to be. Oh. Jack. 1 am so happy! 1 am so fortunate that 1 ought to bo hoppy. Yet 1 am so downhearted about It. Going away is a dreadful thing. And when shall I see any of you, 1 wonder, again Oh, 1 am so fortunate; I am so happy" And to show her happiness j 0f some awkwardness and ono which It I can soon put the house In order fit there would be long periods of silence, she dropped a tear, and more teais fob; ig well to get through as quickly as for your reception." It was he himself broken only by some reference to the 'owed, i possible" did one ever hear of such a and not his predecessor who had sold arrival or departure of a ship, the do- What kind of happiness, what kind lover? "well, lo get through as quickly those things. "If It Is not so flue at cease of a townsman or the change In of good fortune, was that which could as possible" his first Interview with first as you would wish, wo can soon the weather. lill the mind of the cnptaln with gloom his mistress "you will perhaps bring make It worthy of you." This evening the meeting consisted anil could dissolve Molly's mother In Miss Molly to me or take me to her." I I have often wondered what he in- , at tlrst of the vicar and the master of tears and could herald its approach to Molly meanwhile was In her bedroom - tended to do with his bride If things the school only. the bride by sadness which weighed tn a strange agitation, her color com- had gono differently. I nm now of 1 "We are the faithful remnant," t-ald her down? Anil, as for me, you may ng nnd goingnow pale, now blushing opinion that he Intended to take her to the vicar, taking his chair. "The miiy bolieve that my heart was like a lump for the first time In her life trembling this great country house, whlchj as I or, no doubt, Is at the coffee house, of lead within me, partly because I and Inclined to swoon. Even for a girl have understood, stands In a secluded the aldermen at the tavern and the was losing the girl 1 loved, but had never hoped to marry, and partly be- cause from tho outset of the whole af- falr-yes, from the very evening when the news of the grand discovery was reatl to the Society of Lynn 1 had looked forward to coming events with forebodings of the most dismal kind. "Come to see me tomorrow after- noon, Jack." she said. "I must talk nnoui ii to some one. w ltti the cap- a case, I say, her trouble Is great In taln I cannot tnlk. because he Is all for deed. However, to do honor to the oc the unequal match, and with my moth- ciwdon, sho, like the cnptaln, had us er I cannot talk, because she foretells sumcd her Sunday attire. Her frock, trouble and will acknowledge no good thing nt nil In the manor In the match, Do not forget, Jack. Come tomorrow, I don't know how mnny days are left to me wheu I cau ask you to come, dress. Oh, Jack, to lenve everybody, all my j At her guardian's summons she slow friends! It Is hard. But I am the )y descended tho stairs. Tho kitchen most uugrntcful of women because I door was open. She looked iu ns sho nm the happiest- the happiest oh, passed. Her mother, Instead of being Jack, the happiest ami most fortunato busy over her housewifery, was sitting woman that ever lived!" in her chair, her hands clasped, her i eyes closed, her lips moving. She was CHAPTEB XI. I praying for her daughter. Molly step- THE AlianNT LOVKn. 1KTWEKN 10 and 11 of the clock next morn ing Molly's snltor I cannot cnll him her lover nrrivetl at tho house. At that hour most of the ladles are nt morning prayers, aud the gentlemen are either at tlie'tav! ern taking their morning whet or nt the coffee house in conversation or engaged In some of the sports to which most of them nre so much addicted. Lord Fy llligdale, altliouch the streets at such mi hour nre mostly desert ed, hail to cross tho market place on his way to . . ..... . t with the curtains drawn, so as to avoid recoirnltion. lie was received by Captain Crowle In the parlor. For tho occasion the old man had put on ills Sunday suit, with white silk stockings, nud lie wore his swortl, to which, as the former com mander of a ship, he was entitled. "I am come, captain, to receive In person your answer to the me.ssago conveyed to you yesterday by my em bassador. I hope that the message Was delivered faithfully and with duo respect." "I believe, my lord, with both." "I assure you, Captain Crowle, thnt the respect I have conceived for your clinracter ami loyalty is more than I can express in words. That you have Inspired In the mind of your ward s!m- llar virtues I do not d'oubt, and 'this Confidence, liollnvn ?.,r. line ,n..l, t .1.. with the offer of my hand to that young lady." "Your lordship does mo tho greatest lionor. My answer Is that I accept In Molly's name, and joyfully." "I am delighted. This should be," be added coldly, "the happiest day of my life." "When we spread the news abroad, everybody In Lynn will feel that tho greatest honor has been done to tho town, ns well as to this house." "Sir, you overrate my position. Still, however, we must keep the matter se cret for a day or two yet. I engago you, captain, to profound secrecy." "As long ns you please, my lord. The sooner I may speak of It the better I shall like It, for I am bursting with Joy nnd satisfaction." "Pa'tienee, captain, for a day or two." The captain became serious, even melancholy. "You will take her away, 1 Mippose?" "I fear I must. A married man gen erally takes away his wife, does ho not?" "You will take her to your country house anil to London. Well, I am old. i am 75 already. I cannot expect ever to see her again. Her mother, how ever, Is not so old by 110 years. Per haps your lordship will at some time or other we would not remind you of your lady's humbl-n folk allow her, If she Is within an eary Journey, to coma hero to see her mother." "Surely, surely, cnptaln. Could I be so hard hearted as to refuse? Her mother, certainly, or yourself, but not any of her old friends, not the friends of hor childhood, such us that young bailor man, nor tho girls of the place." "I care not for them so that I may comfort her poor mother with that promise. As for myself, who am I that 1 should Intrude upon her? Let mo die happy In the knowledge that she Is hnppy," "She will be as happy as the day Is long, captain." "1 doubt It not. As for Jack Pente crosse, nn old playfellow, be Is like mo. He loves her ns If t,ho was Ills sister, but he I'o.siies nothing but the knowl edge of the girl's happiness," "I accept your assurance, captain, thift lie will not entlcinor to sek her r to if it her." ,,B.vUlofcJxJ'WSt8!nJl,.,.ut,d wltu tussela oj; Ills became very serious "I ciin promlso you a well conditioned, virtuous, mod cut, obedient and dutiful wife. Shu will ask for nothing hut a continuance of your lordship's affection and consider ntlon, In return for which she will bo your willing servant as well as your wife." "Agnln, captain, T doubt It not, else I should not be here." "And when the day comes-whon you pass the word, my lord the bells shall ring, and the music shall play, and all the town shall make holiday, and wo will huve such a feast and nierrymnk lug that all the country round shall ring with It. My lord, 1 am so happy!" "But. captalu, I have not yet received the consent of the lady." "He assured that you will have It But the girl Is shy and hesitates, being, to say tho truth, dazzled by the rank to which sho Is to bo raised. A young maid's modesty will perhaps hinder such a freedom of speech as you would naturally desire." i nope, sir, unit, i uiu uuic to appro-1 elate and value the virtue of modesty. All I ask of the young lady is her con sent." "Of that you may bo assured before hand." i "Then, cantnln. as this Is nn occasion who loves a man It is an event of tho greatest Importance and one never to be forgotten when she, consents to make him happy. But when she Is in grievous doubt, torn by the conscious- ness that she does not love the man, ' that she Is afraid of him. that she tloes not desire the chance of rank which he , offers and that she would far rather remain among her own people In such i to be sure, was not so Hue as that In which she graced the assembly, but it J was pass-able. To my mind she looked moro beautiful than In that splendid pod In and kissed her. "Mother," she said, "pray that It may turn out well. I must accept him. Yet I doubt. Oh, pray for me!" "Because," her mother murmured In reply, "the captain cannot help, and Jack cannot help, and there Is none other that helpeth us but only thou, O God!" Thon Mnll-V turnwI tllc llan,,1 of tl,e ! '"If10 "01 nt'ie",re" Miss Molly!" Her gallant lov r, splendid with his star and his fine clothes, took her hand, bowed low anil kissetl her lingers. "You would spook with me, my lord," Yesterday I sent a message to your rrnni'tlinil. T tnlrt Mm w mr mnevnn the beauty and the charms nnd the virtues of his fair ward, anil I offered, "llwortliy ns 1 " ? lall,l '" n that goes with It my rank ami title, my possessions nnd myself." "The cnptaln told me of the message " "I have today received an answer from him. But, although he Is your guardian, I would not presume to con sider that answer as final. I must have your answer as well." "My lord. I am but a humble and a homely person." "Nay. but lovely ns Venus herself." "I know not, since all the company have come to Lynn, how homely and humble I am In the eyes of gentlefolk." "You will no longer be either homely or humble when you nre a counties." "I fear that your friends among the Bn'''u wi" mnko Jour l"r('-sil ashamed 01 ')llr CHOlCe. ' "My friends know me better than to suppose that I can be shamed by their opinion.' But, indeed, they have only to see you for that opinion to be changed. Once seen by the world, and all will envy and congratulate the hap py possessor of so much beauty." "Then are you satisfied that you aio truly In love with me?" i "Satistled?" He took her bond nnd kissed It. "How shall 1 satisfy you on this point? By what assurance? By i what lover's vows?" She glanced upward, having spoken so far with hanging head. Her eyes , met his. Alas, they were colli and hard! Thero was no softening Inllu- I euco of love visible iu those eyes-only I resolution nnd purpose. His eyes wen ns cold as his forehead ami ns hard as his lips. Poor Molly! Poor countess! i "Is it not. my lord," she asked, "a mere passing fancy? You will be tired of me In a month. You will i egret thnt i 1 you did not choose, rather, among the ' line ladles who speak your language ! nnd follow your innniieis." j "Molly, I inn a man who tloes not en- I courage Idle fancies and passing loves. ! You will find no change in me. As I nm now so 1 shall bu always." i Sho .shivered. The prospect niadu her feel cold. ) "Then, my lord," sho said, "I have nothing moro to say. 1 shall not do 1 Justice to your rank, nor shall 1 bring to your bouse the dignity which you i deserve. Such as I am, take me, If you will; or let mo go, If you will." "Can you doubt, Molly? 1 will tnko j you." He hesitated; he took her hand , again; he stooped anil kissetl her fore j head. There was no pnsslon In his kiss, no tenderness In his touch, no emotion In his voice. Such ns he wns then such he would always be, anil, though the door wns closed, Molly seemed to hear ngaln the voice of her mother murmuring, "But only thou, O God!" Her lover drew the captain's arm chair and placed It at the open win dow, which looked out Into the gar den, then filled with Mowers, fragrant and beautiful and melodious with tho humming of many bees. "Sit down, Molly, and let us talk," He did not sit down; be nonil before her; ho wiiked about the room: he sword. "Molly, since we nro to bo married, (ve must be married at once." "I nm your lordship's servant." "As soon as possible. Aro you ready?" "Heady? I suppose I could bo ready In a month or six weeks." "Why, what Is thero to do?" "I have to get thlugs dresses, bouse linen, all kinds of things." "My dear, you are not going to marry a clt. Everything that you want you can buy. There are plenty of shops. You want nothing but what you have your wardrobe, your fine things and your common things nnd your Jewels. You must not forget your Jewels." "I thought thnt brides were always provided with things for the houfe, but If your lordship has already tho linen and tho nnpery" "Good gracious! How should I know what I have? The thing Is that you will need nothing." "Whoro will you take rae?" "I think, first of all, to my house In Gloucestershire. It Is not fully fur- nlsbed. Tho late possessor, my cousiu, whom I succeeded, was, unfortunately, a gambler. He hod to cut down his woods and to sell them. Ho oven had to sell his furniture nud pictures. Hut part of the country, with no near neigh bors and no town within reach, ant) that he Intended to leave hor there while he himself went up to London to resume the old gaming and raking , which he desired so much, although they had been his ruin. Fate, however, prevented this design. "If you desire my happiness, my lord" 'What else Is there In the world that I should desire?" -"you will take mo to that country place and live there. I fear the world of fashion, and I have no wish to live In Loudon. I have learned from tho Lady Anastnsla how the great ladles pass their time." "Kvcrythlng shall be as you wish, j Molly everything, believe mo." He then, by way of Illustrating this assurance, proposed a thing which ho himself wished. "We must be married Immediately, Molly, because I am called away by nffalrs of Importance to Gloucester- shire. I ought to leave this place not later than Saturday." The day was ' j Thursday. "Saturday? Wo must be married on , Saturday?" "Sooner than Saturday. Tomorrow. That will glvo us time enough to make what little preparations may be necos-1 sary. "Tomorrow! But we cannot bo mar r,"J, 80 S0.?,11 Kvcrythlng Is prepared. I have the license. We can be married tomorrow." "Oh!" It was all she could say. "There Is another thing. Your guard ian would like to make a public cere mony of the wedding. He would bang the town with flags and ring the bells nnd summon the band of the marrow looked on." Yes. He Is so proud of tho mnrringo . that he would like to celebrate It." U,0SP n'quoiu woiiy s ami uie "Anil vou Mollv?" I Chapter House and the other coffee "i shoultl'likc t'o'be married with no hems frequented by the poets. None one to look on and no one to know,0' ,ll0' at fil!lt I;ni'w or lini1 1,Pnnl of anything about It until It wns over." i tll( I,!"nP- At !nst om' wnK fo,,ni1 who "Whv, then, Mollv -then we nro ' hn1 srpn n volume bearing this name iiin-o,,i i ,.- in r-.-oMt- fnr fhnt vnn nnd published by subscription. "Sir." would not think with mo. My tlear. If there Is one thine: which I abhor It Is the public ceremony and the private f.vislln.r mill mm-rlninnt with n-htell n ! wedding Is accompanied. We do not want the town to be all agog. We do 1 not want to set all tongues wagging, nor do we want to be a show with a grand triumphal march nnd a foast to last three davs afterward. 1 "Can we be private, then?" j "Certainly. I can arrange every-1 thing. Now, Mollv. my plnn Is this: We will be married privately in St. Nicholas' church nt 0 In tho morning, befi.ro tho company nre out of their I . . " 1,1 " 1 " " V ' beds. No one will see us. After tho 1 Flr' 1 ls vry w..II known that any marriage you will come back here. I f'rv'w' ril..rcd to this nobleman must w ill return with you, and we will then ' l!u "f '"se ami dishonorable nature. Inform the captain and your mother of ' ,,p 1 J1,10 ';l''-'ipter of this most prof the Joyful news. Believe me. when "K"'" ofloriK A professed rake and a th.iv rnn,,. tr, thlnl, it v..r fhov will re. '"" notorial! gambler, he IS III) lon- Juice to bo spared the trouble and tho preparation for n wedding feast." "But I cannot deceive the captain." There Is no deception. He has , agreed to the match; he knows that you have agreed, There Is ono cousldera1 tlon, Molly, which mokes a private ' imirrlniro necessary. I could not con-, sent to a public wedding or to a wed-1 ding feust, because my rank forbids. It would bo Impossible for me to Invito any person of my own position to such a feast, and It would be impossible for mo to sit down with those persons worthy, no doubt and honest whom the captain would certainly wish to In vito." This was certainly reasonable nnd certainly true. Hank must be respect ed, and n noble earl cannot nit down to feast with merchants, skipper;), mates, parsons nnd the like. "Then It shall be ns your lordship pleases," "Bo at the church nt 0," ho said. "I everything Is ready for- you.. Do not be recognized as you pitBS along the street. You can wear a domino with tho pink Bilk cloak which you wore the other night at the assembly. Then I shall recognize you. No ono else, Mol ly, need bo considered,. Aro you Mite thnt you understand?" "Yes," she sighed; "1 understand." ' "Then, Molly" He bowed low, nnd, Without offering to kiss her this won derful lover left bis mistress and was carried home In his chair. CnAPTF.lt XII. THE "HOCIKTY" AllAI.V. nE "society" continued to meet, but Irregular ly, during this period of excitement when everybody was busy making money out of tho company or Join ing In the nmuvmcnta The coffee house at- or looking on tract ed some of the members, the lav- ern others, the gardens or the long room others. It must be confessed that the Irregularities of attendance nnd the nbsenres and the many new topics of discourse cnusod the evenings to be much more animated limn of old, when doctor In tho long room. The captain. I take it, is at the elbow of his noble friend." The master of the school hung up his lint nnd took his usual place. Then he put his hand into his pocket, "1 have this day received" At the same moment the vicar put his hand Into his pocket autl began In the same wvi'ds: "I have this day leceived" Both stopped. "I Interrupt you, Mr. Pentecrosse," said the vicar. 'Nny, sir; after you." 'Let us not stand on ceremony, Mr. Pentecrosse. Whnt have you receiv- ed .' ' I have received n letter from Lon- don." "Mint; Is from Cambridge. You were about to speak of your letter: 'It concerns Sam Semple, once my pupil, now seomnry to the Lord Fy llngdnlo, who has his quarters over head." 'What does your correspondent tell you about Sam? That he Is the equal of Mr. Pope anil the superior of Mr. Addison, or that his verses are echoes, Eounl without sense, trash and pro- tense.' l ost me a guinea. "The letter Is a reply 1 addressed to my coiifcln. Zackar.y Pentecrosse. a bookseller In Little Britain. I asked Htm to tell me it lie could learn some thing of the present position and repu tation of Sam Semple, who gives him self, I understand, great airs at the coffee house ns a wit of the tlrst stand ing and nn authority in matters of tnste. With your permission, I will proceed to reatl aloud the portionwhleh concerns our poet. Here is the pas. 'sage: " 'You ask me to tell you what I know know, It Is true, all the wits nnd poets. b,lt 1 know solni'- nlul tllp' k""w 1,11 he said. " 'tis the veriest trash. A schoolboy should be turned for writing fi"pl1 verses." "he Is Wild tO lit But." I asked him, received and wel- coined by the wits. Phey must be." ' replied, "the wits of Wapplng or the P"t of Turnagain lane. The man Is not known anywhere." So with this I l'"'l to be contented for a time. Then 1 ''nine across one who knew this would lxt was once myself," he said, '' guinea when I met Mr. Samuel Semple. He was In raps, and no was wen nign starving, i gave nun j n sixpenny dinner in a cellar, where I I myself was dining at the time. He j told inn that he had spent the money ' subscribed for his book Instead of pay ing the printer; that bo was dunned i and threatened for the debt: that If he was arrested he must go to the Fleet or to one of the ('emptors; that he must then go to the common side and would then starve In a word, that he 1 was on bis last legs. Thc-e tlilncs ho told me with tears, for Indeed cold anil hunger he hnd no lodging hud brought him low. After he had eaten his din ner nnd borrowed n shilling he went ( nwny, ami I saw him no more for six i months, when I met him in Covent i Garden. Ho wns now dressed In broail 1 cloth, fat nud In good ease. At llrst he , refused to recognize his former com- paulou in misery, but I persisted. Ho then told me that bo had been so for tunate as to be of service to my Lord j Fyllngdnlo, Into whose household he I had entered. He therefore detled his creditors and slood at bed and board at ger admitted Into the society of those of his own rank. He frequents halls where the play Is high, but the players nn' loul)tful. Ho Is said to entertain decoys, ono of whom Is nn old ruined gamester named Sir Harry Malynsnnd Another n half pay captain, a bully and " 'Pci'. who calls himself a colonel. Hp ls lo bo fipp" at tl,p 1,0,ls0 of 1U,P ''"" nasiasin, me mosi niiium.., woman In London, who every night keeps tho bank at hazard for the pro lit of this noblo lord and bis confederates. It ls In the service of such a man thnt Mr. Soniplo has found a refuge. What ho fulfills In the way of duty 1 know not." I give you. cousin, the words of my Informant. I have since Inquired of others, nud I find continuation ev erywhere of the notorious tiiniaiier ef Lord Fyllngtbile nud his companions. Nor can I understand whnt services a poet can render to a mnn of such a re)' utntlon, living such a life.' "Do you follow, sir," my father ask ed, laying down the letter, hall J read It UL-oliil"- t "Nny, the words nre plain. Bur, Mr. Pentecrosse, they are serious words. They concern very deeply u certain lady whom we love. Lord Fyllngdnlo has been wllh us for a mont.li. He hears a character, here at least, of the highest kind. It Is reported, I know not with whnt truth, that he Is ortually to mar ry the captain's ward, Molly. There is. however, no doubt that Molly's lor lunn hns grown so large ns to make her a match for any one, however high ly placed." "I fear, thnt It Is true." Then, what foundation has this gen tleman for bo scandalous a report?" "Indeed, I do not know, My cousin, the bookseller, expressly says that he has no knowledge of Sam Semple." "Mr. Pentecrosse, I am uneasy. I hear that the gentlemen of the com pany aro circulating ugly rumors about one Colonel Lanyon, who has been playing high and has won large stuns - larger than any of tho company can afford to lose. They have resolved to demand nnd await explanations. There ae whispers also which concern Lord Fyllligdale as well. Those things make one disgusted. Then I also huo received n letter. It Is iu reply to one of my own addressed to an old friend at Cambridge. My questions referred to tho great scholar nnd eminent divine who takes Greek for Hebrew. "'You ask me If I know anything about one Benjamin Piirtlen, clerk In holy orders. There call hardly be two peroiut of that name, both In holy or ders. The man whom I know by re pute Is a person of somewhat sllirht stature, his bend bigger than bellts his height; he hath a loud and hottor Ing voice; he assumes, to suit his own purposes, the possession of learnlni; and piety. Of theological learning he bus none, so far ns I know. Of Greek art, combined with modern milliners, he Is saltl to bo a master. Inalese Itnllanato Dlnvolo Incurnnto Is tho proverb. He was formerly tutor on the grand tour to the young Lord Fy lingtlale, whom he lod Into the ways of corruption and proillgacy which have made that nobleman notorious. Hp Is also the reputed author of certain rib aid verses that pass from hand to hand nmong the baser sort of our uni versity scholars. I have made In quiries about him with these results. It Is said that where Lord Fyllngdnlo Is found this worthy ecclesiastic is not far off. There was last year a scandal at Bath In which his name was men tioned freely. There was also but this is enough for one letter.' " The vicar read parts of this letter twice over so as to lend tho words greater force. "The man says puhlh-ly thal he was tutor to Lord ryliugdnle on the grand tour. I have myself heard bint. On ono occasion he pro claimed with loud voice the private virtues of his patron. Sir, I very much fear that we have discovered u nest of villains. Pray God we bo not too late." "Amen." said my father. "But what cau we do?" "Aye, what can wo do? To denounce Lord I'yllngdalo on this evidence wouM be impossible. To nllow this marriage to take place without warn ing I lie captain would bo a most wick ed thiug." "Let me sentl Jack," said my fa ther. "The boy is only a simple sailor, but he loves the girl. He will now be aboard bis ship." It Is not far from the Crown to tho quay, nor from the quay to any of the ships Iu port. I was sitting In tho cabin, melancholy enough, about H o'clock or so, just before the sun-et gun was tired from the redoubt, when I heard a shout, "Lady of Lynn, ahoy!" You may bo sure that I obeyed the summons with alacrity. No one else hail yet arrived nt the Crown, The vicar laid both letters be fore mo. Then, ns when ono strikes n spark in the tinder nnd the match ig nites, Ilaming up, and tho darkness vanishes, so did the scheme of villainy unfold Itself; not nil at once one does not at one glance comprehend a con spiracy so vile but part, I say, I did understand. "Sir," I gasped, 'this Is moro oppor tune than you suspect. Tomorrow morning nt li at St. Nicholas' church they are to bo married secretly. Oh, a gambler, a rake, one who has wasted his patrimony, to marry Molly our Molly! Sir, you will Interfere. You will tlo something. It Is the villain. Sam; ho was always a liar, a cur, n villain!" "Steady, boy, steady," said my fa ther, "It helps not to call names." "It Is partly revenge. He dared to make love to Molly three years ago. The cnptaln cudgeled him handsomely, nnd I wns there to see. It is revenge In part. He hath broucht down this noble lord to marry an heiress, know ing the misery ho Is preparing for her. Oh. Sam, If I had been thero!" "Steady, boy," saltl my father again. "Who spread abioad the many vir tues of this noblo villain? Sam Sem ple In his service, n most base and dishonorable service. Mr. Purtlen, tho man who writes ribald verses" I thought of the Lady Anastnsla, but re frained. Sho at least had uothlng to do with this marriage. So far, how ever, thero was much explained, "What shall we do?" "Wo must prevent the marriage of tomorrow. The captain knows nothing of It. Lord Fyllngdnlo persuaded Moi ly. lie cauiioi marry her publicly, be cause ho cannot Join a wedding feast with people so iiiuiii below him. Molly shall inn keep that engagement If 1 have to lot k the door ami keep the key." "Better than that, Jatk," said the vicar "Take these two h tins, Show them to Molly and ask ini' to wuit while the (iipiiiiu makes Inquiries. If l.ora f vimgunie is an nnnm-nm ho Tfill conrt Inquiry. If not, then w are well rid of a noblo knave." I took the letters and ran across thij empty market plum. On my way I saw the captain. He was walking to ward the Crown, with hanging head Let us llrst deal wuh the captii'ti, Ho entered tho room, hnng up hi hat on tlie usual peg and put In - hu in its accustomed corner. Then he took his seat and looked round. "I am glad," he said, "thnt there h none present except you two. My friends, I am heavy at heart " "So are wo," said the vicar. "But go on, captain." "You have heard, perhaps, ri rumor of what has been arranged?" "Thero nre rumors of many kinds. The place Is full of rumors. It Is ru mored that a certain Colonel Lanyon Is a sharper. It ls nlso rumored that Sam Semple Is a villain. It Is fnr tin r rumored that the Hev. Binjaniln Purtlen Is a disgrace to the clot) and thero is yet .mother rumor. What la your rumor, captain?" "Lord Fyliiiirdalo proposes to marry Molly, and I have accepted, and shr has accepted, but It was to bo a pro found s"erot." "It Is so profound a secret that the company at tho gardens thli evculng nre talking about nothing else." The captain groatv-d. "I hnvo received n letter." he said. "I do not believe It, but the contents are disquieting. Thcra is no signature. Head it." The vicar rend It: "Captain Crowle -Sir, you are a very simple old m in. You are so Ignorant of London mid of the fashionable world that you tlo not even know that Lord Fylnindale. c whom you nre about to give your wit d is the most notorious gambler, rake nnd protligate In the whole of that quarter where the people of fashion n..d ot quality carry on their prolllgate lives. In the Interests of innocence and rlr turo make some Inquiry Into the tru'h of tills statement before laying yuur lovely ward In the arms of tlm vlil. n who has come to Lynn with no othtr object than to secure her fortune" "It ls an anonymous letter," said tin vicar, "but there is something to be said In support of It. From what source did you derive your belief In ths virtues of this young nobleman?" "From Snm Semple." "Who Is In the service of his lnrdsh p. I know not what he does for him 'i't If be is turned out of that soniee he w 11 Infallibly be clapped into a debtor a prison." "There is nlso that grave nnd rever end divine" "The man Ptuvlen. He Is notorious for writing ribald verses nnd for lead ing a life that Is a disgrace to his pro fession." "Tlieie Is also the Lady Anastnsla " "I know nothing about her ladyship except that she-keeps the. bank, as they call it. every evening and thai the gam ins table allures many to their destruc tion." "My friends," saitl the captain, "wi at am 1 to do?" "You must make inquiry. You must tell Lord Fybnifdalo that things havo been brought to you; that you cannot believe them if. as i.s possible, you do not. but that you must make ii jiiiiies before trusting your ward to 1 !s pro tection. Ynn are her guardian, cap tain." "I am moro than her guardian. I lovo her better than if she was my own chihl." "Wo know you do, cnptaln TWe fore write' a letter to him. Tell r ra rtiese things. Pay that you must 1 uyq time to make those Inquiries I w II help you with the letter. And tell h m ns well th.1,1 you mti-t have t.'io to draw up settlements. If be is ii. nest, ho will consent to this Invosti-n into his private character. If he .i it Molly and not bar money batr he will at once agree to the settlement of her fortune upon herself." "I am an old fool, I suppnp" said the captain. "I havo believed every thing and everybody. Yet I rami t no, my fi lends. I cannot think t! it t'., man. so proud, so bravo, win. r-ked i Is life for Molly. Is what this l-tter s " "Other letters ay the same tl iP'f, Now, eaptnlu. let us write" The letter which was d.- lined by t ie vicar was duly written, s'.-.e 1 and sealed Then it was .nt up stairs to his UinNliip's private mom. (TO BE CONTINLT.D ) o llcnoon to romplnlii. "I should think," be said to th man who wis emragfd to one of i!i u s, "thnt it would ho dreadfully ami g They look so much alike I tloti't m'o uuw Vou orii avoid making mistakes " "My ileirr sir." was the reply, "t at doesn't trouble me in the least. 1 U t want to avoid it. Are ytm so pr in tbtt you can't npprecinto the adv.irt j of getting a double allowance of 1 .-s?" CbiciiKO Poit. An Iny One. Mrs. Giaves He is so cold! It is dread fill! I sit all the evening play ns lipnu tho pip uo, ami he sits in hw c'.i if nnd never utters a word tho entire ivtn-Liu-. Mrs. Wyfo Sits nnd hears yen pl-iy a'l the eveninc? Why, you hilly woman, it evident he loves you to di-tia t u Boston Transcript. A I)lHtrelii(t Cnite. "Vat's de iniuliltT. Izzy?" "I nm in si eat troubles. Ve s. 'b a man a set of teeth mil a gold plate s four tnllniF down uud two a week. I nd he hasn't made de second payment " "Vv ton't you take do teeth away from him?" "Ve can't. He's get lockjaw." Life. ,o Time Lout. Ilnwklne I tell you what, Sellers reached the top iu a hurry. Bobbins Yes, lie must hnv.o made pret ty good time, for ho lias 1 en b wins ever sime ho got there. Smart Set. Satligjiii'tory Answer. "Why do you eat that looking plap" asked the dime unifeum visitor of tho 1 mnan o!rlch. "Oh, it's food for retlectiuii," replied the freak. Baltimore World. SAFIJH AND AH Sl llK jo 'if ou iiuvo nnythliiK men t i f.aj about n mini, say it In his fare ' lli'ly- 'Oh. It will Bet around t Hit nlmo-t as uulekV'- i'hl "ro lu.ei II r Sid 1 nil i 1' II w ml St Port Ita r ii SU It writ s 1 hue tried m u Is nnd l.i,itvts. t't Hi Witts l.utn J tty Itlsir- 'f ' t 1 f' pills I haw f r u - i Tb i i nor O S iltlt nn V "i S l' Hull. L