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The morning star and Catholic messenger. [volume] (New Orleans [La.]) 1868-1881, April 28, 1878, Morning, Image 2

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eang Stir and Gtholc Mellsssn mind to
" , - .. ...IAY APRIL 2 Ies, door open
IIw OIeIaI. ea7 . tin-g,
h e bad et suffered to escape him, and a once put
eooemreceof tbhe faiotnes, during which he guard
---Ifted 0-aref-l;y up from the ground In Ito lai
oeaort's and EElen'a arms and carried to the let.t..
":th .me women help to looin g
not some of thee
" the boy tter than Ellen 1" remo- his bllh
otb boy btter
ntted p oelt who could not help an invol- eine of
utey moement of disgust as be saw an arm,
that a mass or dirty rags did not oover, psed I"Sett
rond Elolen's white nok. ,, olnteered hIchI
-'Bggll your honor's pardon volunteered
te bemggar Kitty, who was standing near. tine
emhere£r no ewed It's poe
eIrels not ons of us-not the strongest
that could do it anything nigh . well. It's "Wappe
not the strengtb; it's the way, as wveh all "'Who
sse betwixt you and the great brute that'se o s
whipelrug in- your ear this minute. L.lies dok. a
therS are, and Miss Eileen's one of them, glory "et awo
be to the Blessed Virgin for that same, that "Ihs an
havte tways with the sIckness, and pain, and I hat
rrotw, to keewp it down under their hand s Lt vy
you keep the dog there. Lang may they reign Let him
over us In the land ed True for you, Connor
There were many murured "Tre for yo Co' r
Kitty," as the loakerson tlocked after the sio eddles
bi and his bearers into the kitchen, leaving your s
-elha . alone in the ourt-yard to ecure Lie- ot
tor's broken chain, and coax him to suoidse Icl iy
quietly into his kennel. work le
He was bitterly vexed and annoyed at what elt
had happened, and in the midst of his real eon- liaef t
own fl the principal sufferer his heart swelled have de
high with indignation at the ill-will that had Elle
been shown to himself. Those people bad wabe
looked at him a if ho were a sort of Cain, and door , aj
be could not see that he wu in any way res- "We
1posible for the accident, or had done or said aleep
an thing blameworthy. Ia felt It very hard "lie
tbe so oaprmyilosly and uejulbty dg; yet forgive
before bad made th lnk of the broken looka
chain secure, he had taken whate neared to daii
him a magnanimous resolve. Theprejuc of dralin
these pie should notprevet imt from doing Ellen's
what be cousidered his duty in this matter; Mhei
neiter more nor lees. All proper preaoutions sorted
athintr fotnre accidents be would enforce him- chanc
self but he would not give up the only living Was t
t ain abon the plae that seeme capable of the Ic
frestongrhim (Lictor was vehemently caress- dreas
lag the hand that rwere restraining his liberty p`ans.
at the moment), and be would insist onu making thttl
cmpensation to te injured boy. There wa n et; i
no nse in thse lads yiu'Pg that e wnId not little.
ee accept any present from him. It was clearly to(1L
his dty to ofer him a present, since he as a ne
hurt, ands Ith beggrboped t- rost bered to ohan,
aoept it. d
The consciousness of having made up his day
trln hours of the rest of the day, while the whe
whole household continued in a state of ex- bhe n
eltement, and persisted in keeping up an ag
gravatlng show of antagonism against him going
At luncheon the story of the accident had to eer.
' told in full to his iather, Sir o Charles Pel- Ce
ham, and Mr. O'tooe, wheo, unluckhily for on t
himself, had ridden over to Caste Daly ni
with papers to sign, and bd, to his extreme at
discomfiture, been drawn into the conference whao
in the study. pinea
The gentlemen were all pre-occupied, and ~
paid less attentio to the narrative than it whar
would have received at another time, bnt the 's
few comments that did pass were distasteful to hand
Pelham. hoa
"Of course you won't ear to keep the hound he
here after this, Pelham 1" his father said. "lie awhe
ia e fine animal, and all right as far as I can l
judge, but there seems to be a notien among and
the servants that be has gone or is going mad, rad
and they will lead him a dreaful life. Better
send him back to Pelham Court, before he gets the
iejured." chte
May I not keep him helore If I like, father t" t
cried Pelham ; "he is not any more mad than lifte
I am; and I should not like to be forced tono
send him away for those fools saying o",." n
" bQuite right too, pelham," pit il his Uncle; ho
"'Litor is a faithful servant, and doeskin work
of guarding thu yard only too well; that's why Not
our idle rascals of servants want to ge rid o,,f
im, Daly. I woueld not give in to them if 1
were you, or you'il never be waster of your tl
honue again."
"air ,Charlers Pelham might lind, If he livel
here, that to sup-port inpopular servants, is fe
pecially if they are strangers in the conntr3, ist
e tlsk that the mrst popular masters ild be lie
rond their power, eand tliht eo's theoi their th
lives sometimes," observed Mr. 0 toone, care- a
leisly. ha
"Yet under some circumstances it tney prove fr
a task that has to be undertaken, even If it be an
at the risk of life," said Mr. Daly. looking a
across the table at his agent, with a little Li
spark.le of displeasure in his Ihay eyc. "If
you've done eating, O'ltoone we will go bankhi
to the study; I shall not rest now till I have car- e
ried this business through. As for Lictor, Pel
ham, do as you please; you are right not to t
desert a calumniated friend, only you must
prepare for some trouble. If you keep him
here you will haveto look after him closely."
When his father left the room, his mother1C
took up the subject.
"Pelham, dear, you know I can't bear you t
to be obliged to give up anything you like, m
"It will be very hard if I am obliged to give It
up my dog," interrupted Pelham ;' Connor has t
no ,end ot pet animals, and the servants are -
ready enough to wait upon them. Why shouldg
they all take against the only creature I care
"Why, indeed 1" echoed Mrs. Daly, sadly ; I
"but, Pelham, I've had the same thing to bear;k
I know what it is to live anong people who
make a point ofdislikiig every person or thing t
I favor. I've learned to do without wishes t
eand favorites now."
"Of course, if you desire it, mother, to please
you, 1 will send Lictor away ; but all I can say
Is that if he goes I'd a great deal rather not
stay behind. I shall wish the vacation over,
and never want to come back here again, that
is ali."
"rhen keep him, pray keep hinm," cried Mrs.
sly, with more warmth than usunal in her
nner, as she stooped to kis her eldest son's
fo head ; "I should be sorry iideed to think
w, ould not make your home happy to yon for
on vacation."
Jre was another pain for her to take back to
he room and her pacings up and down, the
th Igt that her favorite sou cared mote for
hi og's company than he did for hers, and
d talk indiul'erently of never seeitg her
in if his will were crossed in a trillo. Cer
tainly, the soid to herself, she had not the
enviable art of making people happy about
her, or of being mich to them. An odd-look
ing old maid like Anne O'Fl-lerty could make
herself of conseluenoce to those over whom she
had no claim -men who had never loved her;
children she had neither borne nor norsed-
but it was different withl her.
Pelham found his way back to the school'
room, when his mother left him, and speut the
Iong afternoon in alternately writing a sn.
tenoe in his letter and sitting with his feet on
the tender, pulling a pen to pieces, and trying
to make np his mind whether or not he should
add a postscript to tell his friend that he might
be on the look-out for Liotor's return to his old
quarters. The decision hung long in the bal
anoe, while he sat listening listlessly to the
little sounds that were distinctly heard in the
unusual silenoe into whioh tke household had
euhlded. The arrival and departu-e of the
dector who had come to set poor Mordock's
broken limb; Ellen's and Connor' cautions
etepe pausing and repassin E the corridor that
led to the room where ae Iay;and now and
again, when a door was opened in the lower
story, the sound of voices io eager, if not
angry, oonveratlon In the study below. A
decision weU being slowly oome at there too,
en which this seemingly trifling deielion of
Peolkm'a wee toweight ma maner be little u
,Iei L see
Joet as Pelham had all but made up his will be
mind to add the postsclipt, the school-room lowto go
door opened, and Ellen stole in with a depre- before the
cating, entrsating look on bher face that at to go thee
once pot all Pelbham's obstinate lIstincts on secart. T
guard. og, I can
It.e laid down his pen and began to fold his Anne. I
letter. "Well, what do you want I" he began and if C(
at last, finding tbat she stood still befoire him, trooble al
looking at him in a fashion that made him fear riyhts'
his ill.humor might slip away under the iofla- will no
ence of her appealing eyes. Le lot b
S"Connor sent me. He wants to know what be notbin
you have settled to do about Liotor." Lodge bel
"Settled nothing but to o and see him fed, me oftak
which I shall do as soon as have folded my let- have b
ter." ever get
"He cannot possibly stay here after what Morris.
happened this morning." when be
Who ays so 1" morrow,
"Connor and I. Conner has promised Mar- "I shall
dock and the other boys that Liotor shall be I am alwi
sent away, and he must keep his word." but I ha
"lie seems to fancy himself mster here, but Pelam.
rs I happen to be two years older than he, it's made ano
not very likely I bonld take orders from him forgive ai
Let him look after his own ragged regiment. gresterp
I shall keep my dog; and you may jst tell be
Connor that l'ii never forgive anyone who
meddles with him-never. Now, don't open oe
don't pn eome s ?
onr eyes and stand staring at me in that Jeamesn
idiotic way. Let me pass; I tell yon I want to Whet we
e poet my letter." It coast Pelham a good deal to Miss ile
work himself up into such anger atbs ths. He d now
t felt he was sacrificing his dignty, bt i was a nrsng
relief to come to a doision of some sort, and to As you
d have declared war if war was to be. shutting
d Ellen left the room with reluctant steps, and lnd al
d as beckoned by Connor, who was holding a 'No, d
d door ajar at the end of the long corridor. lse it
."Well, what does hesay T Murdok has fallen so fond
d asleep at last, so you may speak out," tin
d `'lie is very angry, and says he will never to-daye
t forgive anyone who interforea, never; and he I shall I
in looks as if e meant it." and plar
t "Hum - does he 1" said Conuor, abruptly know, ti
of drawing n his head and shutting the door in Charles
Ellen's face. his das
r She could not bear to go back into the de- German
, sorted school-room, nor down stairs with the know hi
Schance of again encountering Pelham. There
iwas nothing for it but to ensoonce herself in
of the low seat of the passage window, and
b. drearily watch the rain lashing the window- Go
ty panes. It seemed a cruel stroke of destiny
g that this day, of all days, should be hopelessly A
as wet; if only the clouds wonld have lightened a Ar
ot little, and she could have ridden off pest-haste
ly to "Good l'eople' Hollow," and brought hack
r eAnne O'Flaherty, there might have been some
to chance of an amendment in eircumstanmes and The
and people's tempers; as it was, it was a dreary it n w
his day-Ellen Daly's firt experience of irremedi. seeemedI
the ably dreary days.
the She saw nothing more of Connor till late, the
x. when he rapped at her door as she was putting ling w
g the finishing touches to her toilet before grass
1. going down into the drawing room after din- hush
to nor. Connor
e'e "Come in. I am only sewing fresh pink bows steep
for on my skirt. Mamma looked so vexed last upon 1
ly night when Uncle Charles noticed the ravelled hills t
ime state of my old ribbons; but, oh, Connor dear, tro
noe what is the matter 1 you look dreadful. Come in soli
in and sit down. What terrible thing has hap- elds
nd pened" glow
an lNothing has bappenel, that's it-that's oontr
n it what's the matter," said Connor, after a mt hills,
the ate's silence, drawing, away the trembling in the
i to hands with which be had covered his face as own a
he sank into a chair. "Ellen, I can't think on th
udt how people do things. That Matthew Lynch, el
ti when he strong up his eon from the window in rugge
0 Galway, with all the people looking on below; arun
aong d Connor of the double-sword, when he anion,
tad, struck tff the spy's head as he sat at the table of its
ettes -how did they make their hands move when iy
gets the moment ate I mine would not. I have Could
r " often pictured myself doing such things; but stin,
tnwhen I was there-when I saw it-when it elar
ta lifted its eyes to my face and whined-I could oc~ O
d to not-my hands would not. Never again shall
I be able to fancy myself doing a thing. How was
nlee; horrid it is ' that
work 'het, Conitor dear, I hope you never will! wate
wid mfNot anything dreadful like that! Poelham rano
Sd would never have forgiven you. blow Could wea
iyou ever think of oriltg such a wicked ofth
urthin pool
"lie threatened me, and that was what drove swat
li mle toi try. I was ith the yard while he was jtdoi
sp, feuioding Litor. and it pot me past all patience teglo
ii be to set NO hoo fondled the ugly brute atd let it and
,d he lick his face. I thought, I wouhl put an end t'1 Cial
their that, and show him ne could not I ,rd it over ns land
care- all here yet; so. when he and everyone ele hills
had gone in to dinner, I took oto of the pistols heig
trove from my father's cost, those he hkeeps loaded, aflo
Sit be and woent out again ; there was no one in the or
t tiyard but James Morris. It was nearly dark }eot
.if Liftor was lying still after his feed. I went coh
Sbank quite close up to him, and held the pistol to rld
his head, and then I found out that about my- stre
ye, ar- self I told you of." ig
or, Pl "Connor, I am so glad ; it was a wicked Cot
nt to thing yon wanted to do, and Someone [Ellen froi
e ut bowed her head hindered you I am glad and
1 him "I believe I am glad too. Glad that I did ear
ely." not do it-not that I could not-that part dis wtl
mother gusts me. I would not have Pelham know for I
the world; he would despise me more than i,
earyou ever. You may depend upon it, when he e
Slie, makes up his mind to do a thing, be does ti
to give 1"But hbe never thinks of such outrageous lot
or has things to do."
ues are "However, you are not to suppose that I have thi
should given in to him about Liotor yet." mu
Scare "Oh, Connor I" k
"Don't cry out I I'm not going to hurt the lie
sadly; brute, or let anyone e:s hurt him; hut I shall in
tobear; keep my word about his not staying here. I ye
pie who came up to tell you, because you are sure to be pa
or thing the first person questioned, and you had bet-r
wishes ter be en your guard as to what yoa say. th
James Morris is waiting for me now in the or
1 lO yard, and we have conoocted a capital plan to- he
can say gether. Liotor is always unchaeined at ten all
tber not o'clock, and let roam about the grounds till ri
on over, morning-at least Pelham thinis so-bat yi
sin, that already the boys are too many for him. To- hi
lel Mrs night James will nmanage as he has done before qt
I ih to mnuzzle Liotor tight and lead him out of the '(
Syard. 'Ihere'll be a car waiting at the corner ti
oat osun of the road to take Murdoek's granduother, el
to think who hae come to see him, back to her cabin, if di
o you for atliidy asks what it is there for ; but the old ar
ladkt ll stay quietly enough in the house till 0
mrtoring; it's the dog. anid James, and me, that a
iwn, the the oar will carry away. I shall tak, Lictor e
nite for 1.0 a lilace among the bills Itat I know of. f
tew, and where there are boys who, to please me, would
'ing her hide bigger things than a dog,so that it woeld
ie. Coi- take sharp eyes t.o hind it. There heball stay,
not the till Pelham gives in, owns we're too many for ti
py about him, and consents to send his pet back to Eng- i
nid otak "Con, I don't like it. Pelham does love' his
om she dog, and he'Ll be so bitterly antgry."
ived ter; 'thow many more boys would you like to see
knrsed- killed before somebody pistols the animal, for I
that will be the end of him if he stays here I'"
e•shool. "Oh, dear, there is the dining-room door
spent the opening-I must go down in a minute. Shall
g a sn. you come back before night 1"
is feet on 'No, I'm going too far away for that; ned,
ud trying Ellen, do you know I have an idea of not
h. should coming back at all for a day or so, till the
he might storm's blown over. It would be capital fun
tohisold being lost. The boas up there, where I am
n the hal- going, trust me enough to hide me for ss long
Ily to the aslohoo to keep out of the way. Wbatever
md in the I see, they know I shall never tell, and I have
sholdhad afancy for seeing,"
i'e of the "Connor, you dreadfol boy, you must not:
ifrdock's mamma would go out of her mind. Imagine all
cUtious Uncle Charles woul4 say. Even papa would
bidor that he angry. For my sake give up that Dart of
now and the scheme at least. Is it not to Hill D)ennis's
er, if not bru ght Pelham back from the bog when he
belo. A was a boy I"
there too, ,Yo had better not know, and then when
Iseision . the row begins, you can't be bullied
*eI' lato telling."
bE ,no, I woa'. herw, bat ZI ear't bup
will be near enough to 0-od People's Hol- orh a
low, to go there the first tbing in the morning, shouldee
before they inquire for you bern. Promise me to draw
to go there, Connor, or else I won't keep the down it
secret. Thon, at breakfast to.morrow morn- ned
ieg, I can aJy you have gone over to see Cousin into: bi
Anne. It will keep marmma from being anxious, par
and if Cousin Anne gets to know all this haudke'
trouble she will come over and put us all to bright a
rights'." oith o
T.It's not a bad idea. I believe the hiding
will be most complete that way. There will brighter
be nothing odd in my having gone over to the tmsked
Lodge before breakfast; no one will suspect which
me of taking Lictor there. He wil seem to
have been spirited away, and no one wilt delicate
ever get a word of the truth out of James orbedr
Morrie. I should like to ee Pelam's face posed,
when be comes up to the empty al to- nd le
morrow, and James begins to blarney him." ' Con
"'I shall not like to see it. YTo know, Con, third
I am alwas on your side whatever you do were
bht I shall not be able to help being sorry for hungry
Pelham. It's a harder thing for him to be room, I
made angry than It is for you or me. He can't wrat
forgive as we can, because it has been so much but wi
greater ai. know that about him, thogh an
he says so little."second
Well, but you'll keep the secret whatever rop
omes T Beyond all, aon't let out a hint of and
James Morris or d-hared Dennis being in it. the fir
Whet would they say through the oountry If
Miss Eileen turned informer T" I'm goingt to com
bed now--you understand-tired out wit though
nursing Murdck Malaehy all the afternoon. that
As you open the drawing-room door, I shall be Fll
shntting m¶eolf into my bed-room with a good into tb
loud clap." t't
"No, don't. Conoor deer; tbhat's jst ea us op
less bit of. the scheming I wish youea were not Lynch
iso fond of. No one will ask for you, for I ever
think the elders are all busy about something overtr
r to-day, and have no thoughts to spare for us. what
I shall keep close to the piano all the evening, In
and play ail the vulgarest jigs and dances I throw
know, toplease Mr. O'Roone, and set Uocle ANo
SCbarles off talking to papa and mamma saboout t Con
his daughter's music-lessons, and the grand bhap
German and Italian mosi they perform. I b gidhe
e know how quiet that keeps everybody." eas er
n CBAPT'R V. three
"A face tender and wise. S
r- God what power w bles In the pure eyes!
With a look straight eat
yr On us weak, strewn all about i little.
A desire to bear and to bear, and to bear : ondi
a A fire kept steauy, and strong, and chear ;
to A r, rer to be led near to
ik Unto dtstresr most dire."
U n Lto ltrcaitt Seal tin arnd Cther ems. mst
id The world, or at least the secluded nook of him.'
ry it in whioh Happy-go Lucky Lodge nestled, "A
Sseemed to have been plunged bodily under three
water for a day, and lifted up again to dry in coni
o, the sun, so pure and vividly green, and spark- it he
ag ling with diamond drops, were every blade of high
re grass and clump of fern and flowery gorse sle
n. bush within its hill enclosed circle, when we
Conner next morning reached the turn in the hea'
s steep reed at which the little valley first burst Daly
set upon his view. It was early, but the range of ly se
led hills towards the east wee broken by a cleft, "V
ar, through which the morning sunshine streamed told
in solid-looking rays, that made the green "
p- fields and tiny garden lot round the abins nd
glow like emeralds, and brought out in strong 'I
lt's contrast the soft lilac shadows on the opposite comn
in hills, and the purple gloom of the mountains 'C
lug in the distance. Connor was too fall of his me
as own affairs to have much thought to bestow fnats
ink on the beauty of the morning, yet he could not '1
, help pausing for a mlonute before e began the this
oin rugged descent into the Hollow, to glance sho
ow; around him. It looked. like a nook dropped '
among the hills and forgotten. Yet, in spite mer
ble of ita seclusion, an air of brisk life and ativ- ne
he itry pervaded the place. Already Conner n
ave could catch the sound of voices, and descry grey
hut strings of tilures verging from different mih
n it quarters towards a grcp of buildings that OU
ofld occupied the cellatoe f the valley. an
Tall The principal of thole, a tall white house, het
low was situated on a jutting-out mae of rock, the
that bad be-un tarund into an island by the yor
SI waters of a lhit e uuutain stream that, after e t
barn running imtrpeuon'li down the hills on the
nie weater: side, eodnlloy,o n rteching the middle anl
okdof the valley, spread itself out into a shallow cu
pool, and had once lost itstlf altogether in egi
rove swair ps and , gI-lard, but was now by t
wee judicitrs violetcu i bliged to gthter its waters ,0
oante cgother a few -yar1o below the atone-house,
let it nd keep s meaeaderig course through re- th
nd t claimed plots of po ato grounds and meadowro
or no land till it found a vent among the eastern ha
vise bills. The r.chy prominence rose somei
stole height abovee re ilvel of the water, and just to
sded, f'orded space for the tall white house, each t
a th corner of which wie rounded off into a pro
dark jecting trret. Te front of the hose was ti
went connected with the mainland by a wide-arched wi
ol to bridge, and facing each of the four turret,
my- stretched four long, narrow, red brick build- a
ings, which, seen from the height on which fo
iked Connor stood, seemed to hang down like ropes A
Ellen from the airy white building on the island,
ad" and fasten it solidly to its bearings on the firm b
I did earth, as the suspending threads of a spider's
t dis web hold it safely swaying in the air. y
)w for It was towards these buildings that the ti
t han children from the cottages sad hill-sIdes were
en he wending their way, and as Connor approached b
does t' e house he hearfl their voices rising through a
the open windows from one qourter in the C
ageous loud buzz of repeated lessons; from the other
in songs mingled with the click of tools and y
I have the hum of wheels thattold of some sort of P
mannufactory being carried on within. He e
knew the ways of the Happy-go-Lucky estab
rt the lishment too well to have any curiosity to look
I shall in at the work-rooms The gates of the farm-I
ore. I yard and flower-garden, which bhad to be
e to be passed through before reaching the head of the
ad bet- bridge, were wide open, free to anyone to pass
say. through, and the fi' as person Connor encount
in the ered was a wooien-faced old man, seated on a
planto- horse-block, with his elbows on his knees
at ten staring disconsolately at the drbris of a oar
ads till riage which lay in a beap in the middle of the'
o-bnt yard, and every now and then shaking his
n. To bead vehemently and making a threatening
before e-t.nro towards it with his fist. Connr'se
t ofthe ' Good morning, Poter Lynch. Is it your floe
corner tiree wheeler ynu have got in rains there I'
e-ther, elicited only a grrwl snuch as might have been
abin, if drawn from a sullen bear by vehement poking,
the old and as his further qruestion as to whether Mies
se till O'thaberty was atrc home, received only ior
no, that answer a gesture 'f the man's thumb towards
Lictor one of the turrets, he walked on without any
row of further atteoipts at conversation.
would The front door, though it faced the bridge
r would with a flight of white stone steps and a bright
kslsa, knocker, was the last place by which anyone
,any for thougrht of entering the Lodge. Crn pissed
to g-It as a mat'er of course, and made the circuit
tf the building, looking into three of the tar
love: his ret bay.windows as he passed till he came to
the fourth, where, finding what he wes in
to to see search of, he calmly orossed his arms on the
il,for low sill, put hris head in at the window, and
here t waited till the occupant of the room should
om door chance to look his way.
a. Shall ireakfsst was laid out on a small table,
close to a oosy-looking turf fire, before whioh
at; and, two little white-capped maidens were busy
of nut making toast and boiling egs, with a good
tll the deal of the bustle and importance of juvenile
Ital fun cooks. They were the first to spy Connor at
ire I am the window, but he made a hasty sign to them
aslong to be silent' and the little giggles into whiho
'Jatever they exploded at the sight were eviadetly too
I have ordinary accompaniments of their work to
attract the attention of a lady who lay half.
nit not: reclined on a sofa in the window recess, only
ineall separated from the open window and from
aould Conner's head by a narrow table, which held
Dennis's trying to do two or three things at a time.
mule, The table was covered with a quantity of
when he feathers of various colors, which she had been
sorting into heopi. S ld alittle bunch
en when suspended in cue hand but the other was
bullied basil turninlg ev the leaes of - large book
that lay in her lap, ad her eyes wars so in
tmnt, blla'deyou i bL libaQw
of a tame raven that ad perched itself on her cloaL aw
shoulder expectant of its breakfast, had power hot from
to draw them sway. Conner looked straight would b
down into her face, but not a musole of it her onto
Cbanged. It was a pleasant face to look down poeseaslo
into : the hair at whioh theraven was pulling siooatel1
was partly hidden under a failing black lace position
handkerchief, knotted under the chin ; the could lo
brigt coloring of youth had long since faded the con
out of t bt Its pale yellow tints, deadened eagerly
with streaks of grey, still bad a softening and deges
brightening effect on the rather strongly- abort, so
marked features and high wide brows round moestrw
which it was bound. The cheeks, though "Ib,
lined and worn, had not lost their originasl happy Ii
delicate pink and white; and even the ab- Oovsrlin
sorbed attention to which the face was com- tear-dr
posed, did not quench an expression of energy eyes, an
and alertness that was almost youthful. shiny ro
Connor's patience was exhausted when the yourself
third leaf wea turned; the toast and eggs what it
were growing cold on the table, and he was easy tel
hungry. He leaned a little further into the 'I d
room, and blew a cloud of feathers into the O'Fdabe
wrapt reader's face. She look!d up suddenly, know as
but without start or exclamatioon-rther with do most
an ir as if she had been so far away it took a advice;
second or two to get back again ; and Conner, th see
propping his elbows on the window-sill again, it's not
and dropping his face between his hands, had wisest
the first word.
"So, Cousin anne, you and Peter Lynch have with y
come to grief with the three-wheeler. I faint-hi
thought, between you, you had built acarriage yor m
that ould not be overturned. How was ito ? passed
Fall Coneniousness came back with a flash fe fi
minto the blue eyes in which years had not ex- w th
tingulAhed the mirth. selI
"It was not our fault; ertanly not Peter As ii
Lynch's. By all the rules of mechanism that. people,
Sver were ruled, the thing could not have then d
overturned. I stick to that and by Peter, bhildic
whatever anyone says." idre
In spite of broken limbs got in the over- ing ti
Sthrow I" oe
"No; only a sprained ankle. I tell Peter, ded
to comfort him, that It might just as well have came
happened any other way--In crossing the soone'
bridge, or coming down stairs. Nothing's gresa
easier." party '
"Ab, but it was done in an overthrow of the to cart
three-wheeler. The great prime minister tona
driving you himself, ehb t Con
"Well, yes, Peter was driving.' not a
"I only hope it has overturned his conceit a easy t
little. I see it hasb brought him to his dumb ance
condition, for be would not speak a word to me knew
as I passed through the lard. To the condi- emerg
tion of owning that be and you could make a at all
mistake I suppose nothing will ever bring to be
of him." esoapd
d, "And we have not made a mistake; the selrfst
er three-wheeler is an admirable invention, and him.
in could not have been overturned if by ill-lock tronb
k- it had not been built the least taste of an inch snonp
of higher in the back than I intended. As soon it he
e asi wt ll, and Peter hasrecovered his spirits, zest i
en we shall set to work to build another. You than
he head of the accident yesterday at Castle Anl
,st Daly, I suppose, and your father good-natured- ing q
of ly sent you off to triumph over me " who
ft. "Well, no, not exactly; is was Ellen that gene,
ed told me to come here." they
en "Why don't you jump over the sill, then, and a
us and sit down to breakfast I" Wi
g '"I'm waiting for you to tell me I'm wel- Con
ite come." sofa,
ins "Of course you're welcome. Would you like table
his me to say 'as flowers in May'--or what form of and I
ow flattery will satisfy you " Conti
tot "Say 'under all circumstances." If I were a ve
the thief running away from justice, for example, out o
ie should I be kindly welcome then I' done
"ed "What ridiculous humor is the boy in this mad
ite morning1" Sir C
ti- "It wuld be so pleasant to know I could Irels
nor never come amiss to )on. Arld there are a once
icry great many different ways of thieving. One tires
cut might have to steel something at some time in on h
bat one's lfe, on principle, for the glory of God in d
and the Church, as Henry I[. stole Ireland, and "1
uas all the fierce O'Flahertys of old time fleeced den]
ck the poor-spiritd ynhes of Galway, leaving day
the you one for your bonfs save, or bond master. shot
 der W pich is it now 1" you
the 'If it is only nonsense about O'Flaertys om
dle and Lynches you are talking you had better cral
low come in and eat your breakfast before the wat
in eggs are cold. You must have left home in we
by the middle of the night. How come you here oth
ters so early 1" Yes
se, "Taere was a car conlitg along with one cf was
Sthe boys, and he brought u to the tuorn of the aspa
dow road. But I ac hungry. I say. Anne, if you but
have one of your famous fish pies in the larder
ome it would not he amiss to send for it, It's best
just to be candid on such points, e on know; and, ple
eabh as I said before, I just am hungry." oa
o Annie laughed, and ordered thepie. By the day
was time half of it was despatched, Conner's tongue the
*ed was at leisure for conversation again. wo
rret, "Well, if th, r' a• capital dish anywhere it's ati
ild a 'Happy-go Lok' fish pie. No one like you be
rhich for turning out a good thing to eat, Cousin the
ropes Anne." ott
andi "If there's a boy anywhere great at the
firm blarney, it's Conner Daly." flee
ider's "But how about the supply of fish t Have
you completed your invention yet for making at
t the the fish catch themselves on rods stuck
were through the walls of the house, and ring litte o
ached belle at the same time to warn you to come nil
rough and pull them in. as the fish of the monks of nib
a the Cong used to dot no
other "If we have not rivaled the monks of Cong pc
Sand yet, we have no reason, as you see, to com- A
rt of plain of a failure of provisions-and, by theb he
He way, you have cme on a lucky day. The hi
eatab- pond on the east of the house wants cleaning. c
olook They are going to let off the water to-day, sand hi
farm- there will be a grand take of fish. As I can't
to be look after it myself-" "
of the "Thanks to Peter Lynch." a
'"And as poor Peter is a little out of spirits--"
ont "In a black temper."o
d on a "Out of spirits, you may as well go out and w
knees see the spoil divided. I have decided to give p
Scar the fih to the women of the valley who can
of the cok it properly. The bad cooks are to get q
g his nothing" a
"I quite understand; such wretched ores- n
t inur' tnres as refuse to follow- 'Happy-goLucky' a
or file receipts dteserve to starve. But I say, Anne, k
here I' who judges the cookery t Do you make them
e been all bring little bits of their dinners for you
inking to taste, that you may judge of their skill and y
rr yj~e ob dience ?"
ly fo- 'No, you saucy boy, I take the husband's
owards opinion about the cooking, and so you see if
ut any all of them have been mean-spirited enough g
to defame their wives, they'll suffer for it.
bridge Now, you may as well go off to the pond, for I
bright have plenty to do this morning,"
passed book and her feathers, but these only served
circuit ma interludes to the real business of the day
the tar- which thronged round her as the morning
ems no wore on. The Lodge stood conspicuous in the
was in middle of the valley, aod seemed to lie so di
on the retly in the way of all comers and goers, that
w, and no man or woman in the district thought cf
should settiog out on or returning from any business
a little more important than ordinary, without I
I table, turniog in at the bridge-head to tap at the
e wich window and report progress, on his or here.
re busy proceedings. Now, it was a little group of
a good children who came to show the baskets fcll of
juvenile cranberries they had gathered since mornieg
innerat on the hills, and to receive the slice or
tothem white bread and butter which Mis, O'Flaher
o whih ty's little handmaidens were instrnuted to
tooserve out to the possessor of the best-filled
sbeket. Now, it was a man with an important
sy half- face, earrying something mysteriouly wrapped
u, only up in a red neckerchief, which something,
:d from when its bearer had filled up the window
itch held opening by thrusting his person through it.
nly been ad bringing his face close enough to Miss
t a time. O'Flaherty's to whisper in her ear, was dis
utity of covered to be the sum of money received yes
hadbeen terdey in Ballyowen market for a litter of
a bch pigs, and brought to the Lady, to be kept safe
her was out of the way of an extravagant' wife and
rge ook graspinlg son, till Its proper owner had studied
r sn- wha he wished todo with it.
be • liWtle ier, it was a weman with wri
cloak awry, sobbing as she ran, who had Come
hot from a quarrel with her husband, and who
would have made the whole place ring with
her outcries, if Anne had not contrived to take MA
possession of the hands she was wTinging pse
sionstely, and draw her down into such I
position within the window-seat that she
could look straight into her eyes; after whiob OVE
the confoerence wenivon quietly, between Ecel
eagerly-spoken complaints that changed by
degreeeinto sobbing murmurson one side, and
short, soothing setences extending into re- r s
mostranoee and exhortations ab the other. o
happy lifo entirely," said the poor woman, re
covering herself sufficiently at last to draw the r
tear.drenohed corner of her eloak from her
eyes, and glance admiringly around the son
shiny room,-"with nothing to do but plese
yourself night and day, and never knowing
whet is to have a man to contend with. It's
esey talking for the like of you."
'I dare b ay you are right," said Anne
O'Flaherty, smiling; "I don t osppn.. I do
know as mucnh aebout the real sorrows of life as
do most of you women who come to me for
advice; bht you know, Biddy, it's standers-by
that see furthest into the game; and any way
it's not my own words I give you. 'Twas the
Swiest man ever lived wrote that little word,
about the soft answer, I went you o take home
B with you ; and, for the rest, you're not the
faint-hearted woman to be wiling to give up
your man for the first hard words that have
passed between you. Go home and sook the
fine fish I shall send you, for his supper in a 5is
wy that'll make him just ashamed of him- e
w eethat'll temoT
r As interludes to the busluhsl of the elderr ýiI
Speople Anne's attention was every now and e
' then claimed by the occupants of the four
r, buildings that flanked the huse where the reif r
children of the vlley were assembled, learn- ured
r- ing their lessons and practisieg one or
other of the little arts that Anne nd ntro- ries
r, duced among her people. In the midst of all
e came unning messenglers, bare-footed gee-ng
e sons with elf-loks flying, to report the pro
s grss of the operations that Conner and his
party were carrying on at the pond below, and
eto carry back her instructions and congratuls
hr Lions on the success of their aport.
Connor was quite in his element, and did
not allow himself to be troubled by any un
a easy thoughts about the effect his disappear
ib auce might have produced at home. Ellen
no knew all about it, and might be trusted in any
ii- emergenoy that arose to look after his interests
a at all events. The habit of relying upon Ellen a"
g ear the first brunt of the blame due to his
escapades was of such old standing that the
be selfishness of the proceeding scarcely struck
d him. If he had been present and seen the
ok trouble going on. he would have been forward A
hh enough to take his share, but out of sight of
n it he could no more help throwing himself with
t, zest into any amusement that came in hise T
on than he could help breathing. Tit
tie Anne did not trouble him with embarrass
d- ing question; it was not her way. People
who came to her with anything on their minds
t generally took her into their confidence before
they had been many Louts in her company,
en, and she could always wait.
When the house was still in the evening,
el-Connr took possession of a low sat by Anne's
sofa, and amused himself by turning out.a
ike table-drawer which contained plans, drawings
of and halffloished models of all the mechanical
contrivances that had haunted Anne's invent
si& ve brain since the last time he had weeded Are oI
pl, out her private repository; and when he had
done nticing and she defending these, he ll
obis made her laugh by giving a represenatien of i
Sir Charles Pelham opening out his views on
Anld Ireland to his father and Mr. O'Roone. Only S
Sonce in the course orf the evening, when Anne, ta
Due tired out with laughing and talking, lay back tive
in on hr sofa to rt for few minutes, was he
od in danger of telling his secret. ind
and "Do you remember, Anne." he began, snd- El
ned denly, after a little interval of silence, "one rho
ng day last summer, when we drove down to the
er. shore and brought ack a quantity of shells
you wanted for something you were making? V
rty Some of the shells turned out to have hermit ll
tter crabs in them. I put them into a jar of salt b
the water to keep them alive, and in the mornin g dr
e inwe found that they had fought and torn each
here other out of their shells. Yo cried about it.
Yes, you did, Anne-I saw you. You said it
3e cf was cruio to shut fierce creatures up in a small
the space, where there was nothing for them to do S
you but tear each other to pieces."
rder "Well, what then?"
best 'Oh, I was only thinking that I know peo
and, ple who are a good deal like those hermit
c.abs. Shut them up together even for a rainy
the day, and they fightnot to death exactly ; but
oge they tear each other out of their shells-the
worst part of each other, you know; the vex
e it' ation and dislike and contempt, that used to e
you be so covered up, you did not know it was cur
ts there. Bach people had better get out of each vi
other's way anyhow.,
t the "I don't know about now," said Anne, re- o
flectively. - AD
eveo "Then just lok heore," Conner began-but Dy
g at that moment bell in some down-stairs re- d
sc ion ra, and a troop cof maidens flocked in
itt r evening prayers. There was no opportu
omenity for the conversatin to b renewe that
k n of night, and as Connor went up to bed he could e
not help congratulating himself that his im
Cong pulse towards confessio had been arrested.
orm- Anne would not have given him any peace till
Sthe he had restored Litor to Pelam, if once she
The had heard the particulars of the quarrel. And
kning. Conner thought he might as well let himself
have so long a respite as possible before dis
can't agreeable concessions had to be made.
It was not till the third morning, just as he
and Anne and Peter Lynch, in recovered
it-" spirits, were engaged in an eager discussion
over the best method of repairing the three
it and wheeled car, that he espied his father ap
o give proaching the house on horseback.
10 0an "I think I shall go down to the old stone
to ot quarry, and watch the men blasting ; they are
at work there this morning," he said. "Here's
crea- my father coming to pay you a visit. He
nky' always likes to have you to himself, and you'll
nne, know where to find me when I'm wanted."
e them Oh, Conner, then you have been doinPg
'or you something you are ashamed of. I did think
il and you would have told me honestly, and not let a
,band's reproachfully.
"I'll come all right when I'm wanted ; but
nough you may just a well hear wbat he has got to
for it.say first; and, Anne, while you are listening
df remember what I sid to you abot those pre
to her that I wau in the right in what I did."
eday Conner."
int he house for Anne to notice the attitude in
st his figure.
neiness said, "and wheel my sofa out of the recess,
vithout that the people may understand lam not to be
interrupted. I shall not be able to think any
or more about the a to-day."
She felt sure that some deeper trouble wa
s weighing on her cousin's mind than could be
nornig caused by any boyish misconduct of ouor's.
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