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MIr. Daly's letters were even less satisfac- tier
tery to Anne than Ellen's. 'here was a tone
of recklessness and indifference about them sto
that grieved her. lie was clearly onhappy oft
sway from home, but he seemed to be sinking rae
late a state of listless acqulesoence in idloenss me
and self-reproach, and as time went on spoke ttie
less and less frequently of the possibility of for
rlemrn. 1
With the view of rousing him, ard tempting anc
him back to his duties, Anne wrote constantly, vol
dwelling not only on the nnsatisfactory con
dition of the neigbhorhood, where thle etflenot of be
the first partial failureof the potato crop was nuel
belng felt in wide-spread usetrrs, but men- pre
iooloeg, without scruple, iher conviction that has
Mr. Thornley had neither expetrence nor jodg- sell
aent to act judiiineanly in the cillntlbtance tha
that seemed likely to arise, and taking it on you
herself to repeat some of Murdock's and I'e wr
tere stories to his disadvanltage. ii.t.i-tilmes cn
Mr. Daly roused himnulf to il.qrilre Iut,) I' p tr- ,
tionlars, and then followed Itl-r·lerces to ir. ha
Thoroley himself, and acsh a mifing of evi. rel
donce an made great hli'vo i Il'e1ter'u state- 1i41
aments,4at generally failed to eltlify Anne. w
who could not bear to give op, her follower's lI o.
veracity. Then onst imtipor!al:t rt olt of thll.-l the
oontrovereies was the pl'valenelo Iii o In ojpill.l':In
npread far snd wide abous the country pra' iid
seO'Flaherty was raldy to uplh.,id tevry- t 3
one, whatever their decserts tIugith: be, witJ bat
"went agIn" thIe l'roteetaut E'giiih agent, wh
and that to thwart or outrage hn was a sore arIc
passport to protection hofn heIlr. Anne Legn giv
to be a little hhocked at,d :alarmeld at ie fer- gin
your of partic in e.nthll*iull. that greeted her Coc
whenever, according to her wont, she aid wal
Peter Lynch mlade thelir alarance at the the
fairs and tnarklet at whihll her pe~l congre- cell
gated. She tried to put doe, the groans and ital
exeorationsof the 'lhornt--ye that alt.rin:ited Or
with blessings on herneli ; bat P'rter LI :chl re- "le
fumed to second her, anot t, r Illplahu"itrs to)l 111
her to her face "T'o ,lpure, Lr Isweet lbrilth, for of
they knew better thaHtM, d:Il . i,-rrolf how it Iher
was with her i-art, andt that l b!ack Protest- cli
aats and nlegros wt:r a" hIl.tlefl to her as to at
themselves 'by
Anne oould not be -Urlprisid thy: cheo re tlt
eeived more and Inure illdignal~t lettr-I frotI ntl
Sir Charles Pulhalla on Ihalf of e is iun Oig rel- Iml
alive; that Mr. Thornley iridily vigtiii-d his liu
determination to resign Ih,) a pl"out In t tf atiy o1th
further report of- hiS ig , fro m -n M'i l'-'la- lik
herty, were liateun d to iby Mr. Itll:, ; andl that Hi
when once or twice ill tile o ,lrli of the next rue
summer ishe u1tde an attlloempt Iut a Ipe,,actlak- In
ing call of clrelony at Castle l)aly, s~'e was muol
metal the doo1r by a civil but dtacdles "'lNot at an,
home." (I
This rej-ctinl of eivilit' a di. ohot, a r, ever, An
pat an entire stop ito nti i1:inroe. As t''o! anx 1 1
Ions monnthi puat ed oni, t1 , twas 1 an e ii, vitalh!e n1
drawing togethelr ,l4 iilmllorle  intimacy I ri
among all tbose whose bttll4i1*it it was to ake qu
measrres to alleviate te die tlll.'lty that was up
oertaln now to com1le. Anlne , 'ltberty and Co
the Thorhuley met pretty frequently thlroghl wi
the early aut1lumn on puI,4l,:C colun 1.tr'e- t lnd at haI
the houses of miintunal acqtlll.ntlncu., where wa
plans fortl.e distrl-tlnitln at rel!iif Vw(. being lo
laid. They did nlot keep ou1 t of her w ly, .and it
they did not eeek her, and Mle,- ciould I lt hut 111]
e kowledge that there wals dignity 1n thli La
bearing towards her, the dignity that comes tau
of conseioss right-doing. of
The brother seemed tavo have grown thinner
and paler esine he came into the country, anj we
the sister looked anxious. O()e day, aeter a oh
meeting at the house of tl.e I'rotestant clergy- Co
man at Ballyowen, when Aunto, a colmparative hI'
stranger to her hosts, was standing a little Sb
apart and notjoining in the converes.tion, lheo mt
overheard Mis "Thornlley conplaiI to theclergy- she
man's wife of the weary leugth of the houras le
when she sat alone in thfe evenlingl, watching miII
for her brother'e ret urn I;om11, an1i cooft Es ithat t,
terribly anxions thoughts would corlie whe-n w
hochanced to be a little later than esual. "It 'ITm
was not mere nervllnnlel"a," she I .1. S.he ad hit
mever found it hard to be alone in tier ihfe, he.- It
fore, and she could not comfort herself by Liii
thinking that her terrors had any fancy or ex ma
aggeration in therl--the danger was only too we
real. Threatening litters were placed alout bot
the premises, or t hrust into the crevices of 1he the
doors and winlows aillmost every night now; all
and she oould not but think that t1i lonely hb
road by which hetr brother returned florn Iil- air
lyowen to Cactle ])aly was watched. The I
evenings were tolerably liglht still, but what hbe
woOld it be whco thIe itltiuln cloed it ill. wih w
the winter to follow I She coltfeIset bhio Co
dreaded it. we
Mr. Tbornley here caught night of Anne's on
horrifled face, and made an imtperlons sign of to
allence to his sister. Anne ponder it d over that Co
look and the comprehending glaoeoo Mics bri
Thornley gave her brother back for long hours, Lni
as she drove home through the dark night by an
Peter Lynot.'s side, as safe in the loneliest she
part of the mountain road as by her own fire- set
side. She understood quite well what the two eat
looks meant. They thougllt her their enemy. shi
through whose adverse intloenoe the danger na
had grown up round them, and not for worlds thb
would they let her have a glimpse of its effect an
on them, or abate a jot of their pride, by seem- bo
lag to appeal to the compassion of one who gr
misjudged them. There was plenty of spirit, oo
aye, and of deep and delloate feeling too, con- Mi
ealed by those grey macks of faces Anne be- ah
gan not to like to think of the character in gi;
which she most figure in that anxious-eyed tIo
elster's thoughts. She 414 not sleep well that co
night, and when she came down in the morn- an
lig, with her head fall of the Tlhornleys still. fr
she found a long letter olf Ellen DIsly's on the t
- breakfast table, and seized upon it eagerly. -
hoping it would send her thoughts and iuIer- th
eats comfortably into their uoual channel. ll- C.
fore she had finishtd the first page hIle ttered Ye
an expression of surprise, which so alarmed ni
Murdock Malachy, who was standing stock Sc
atill in the iidd~ie of the room, wlth the tomat- I,
rack in his hands, watcbhing her as abho read, all
that she fIlt ,hll.eld to look ni'. and say, in tl
asurlingly, ' No, thiere is nothing amiss; they- l
are all quite wll, Mlurldoc1k, but Miss Ellen cv
hascorioucIy einough lmade the acqnoaintnce, fri
at the sea dld phtllc II E.Irgia.ld where thcy Il
a're living now, of a (,ounlg .11ter of Mr. nod Oi
S Miss Thoruley, and 1 8la1 unrpll cd at the des- lo
eription she gives of hetr." o
"'The thieves of the world, 1heml Thornleys," h1
eorled Murdock, droplping tlhe toast rack to ar
- eratch hie head. 'But it's a qluarl thling that Ni
they should be eorryirhcrr. It,1 be for no good, a
Misi O'Flaherty, near, that another of ,he in
black-hearted brood have got round Miss Cl
Eileen where she is now. It'll be niischief o
they're sobheming togetbher, the two here and ge
the one there of them."
"'I wish I could hope that there was no mis- hi
ohbef afoot hbut of Mr. and Miess Thoroley's Ps
eobeming." said Anne, severely; and fiting her gc
eyes on Muordock's fcee, whioh changed a lit- at
tle, sbe added, "Can yon tell me. Murdock, ot
what has become of your unole, Dennis Mal- be
aoby, since he left the little place Mr. Daly h
put him into before he went away I)o yon ar
ever hear of him now Is it true what you th
told me about his haviig quintted the neigh- cc
borhood for ever 1"
"l)o I know what has blcomo of my unole to
since the day when, by Mr. Thoroley's orders, si
the roof wIas taken off the bit of a cabin the to
master gave him, and he wasr left without a to
plies to put his foot in I It's that you're ask- I
r ies me I"
'e ; I want to know. Yoea told me osse e
hati he bad gone to America." a
"'And why would not he have gone '" na
Sroly as we passed by Lso-na.Weel last m
night, I thought I saw a Iigtit in the ructles ti
cabin, ard heard voloes." in
Murdock craned his neek over the table, so hi
as almost to whisper in his mistress' ear- It
"May he the boys were holding a meeting br
there; or maybe it was only one or two who on
had comle together peaceably to hear a bit of wi
Mr. Connor's poetry read, and taste a drop of bh
poteen that they bad brought." do
"Well, I hope you were not there yourself, Mi
Murdook," saitd Annie; "you -know I don't of
allow my people to belong to secret socie- toa
ties." L
e "And right you are there," replied Murdock, lei
stooping down to pick up the scattered pieces an
of toast with his fnlugers, and placing the toast- ex
rack before his mistress with an ostentatiously an
meek expression of face that warned Anne of ev
ttie uselessness of attempting to get ferther in- to
formation out of him. th
8he turned back with a high to her letter, frc
and read over again the passage that had pro- th
voked her exclamation. ha
"Did not someone eay that the world must an
be quite a sniall place because everybody he Tt
Smet knew somneone he knew Have I ex- thi
pressed that properly without a boll T Well, I the
have had an instanoe of that sort of thing my- th
self lately, and it has interested me so muoh see
a that I tull t write it to you. First, let me tell on
I you that I am maich happier than when I last mt
wrote to the spring, partly because Connor has no
come from )Dublin to slpend his vacation here, hi:
Sand partly (n acnon lt of an acquaintanoe that ly
has grown out, of the adventure I am going to ca
relate. Yen will nay it is the oddest, colnci- Ib
delce when 3,n L:ear. Whiteoliffe Bay, hr
a here w' Ltave boen living for the past three II.
e1orn his. is a 'iery gay little place, especially in an
Sthe :lmlma. l.Tire are milres and miles (PeI. oil
Iam u t uldl brii:g nto down to yards, tint I will tli
ioduolg' in apl;tr,iado of spte:cl: when I write Ie
to 3 t, i f p:aratl.t'rouwdedl with visitors and oh
below and ii I, nd there is a raegion of wet all
whlt, andl, brken up with bi~g b,oldcr stones eg
and iutting ntrt led:ges of rock. This is nsually on
given up to regi iiil ot nurean, iiits and dig. th
ging chldri en. Connor hatln these haunts of ab
Cookneydloi, as I.e calls themt, ar.d in our th
I walks Llurras i n-o at be.athlese speed through wi
the pouuousa i:e:trict till we get beyoind a fir
celtola rooky wall, where the beach is so sol- to
I itary ta:t e or n almniist fincy oirbelves on let
I our own 'l'ore again, and where he can make tic
speeche* to the thutmes, as he n'ed to do at tel
I hounii. ():,n day wien we had bad a great deal pt,
Iof I.letry, at dt 1-,i ror had co:uO ont of his Le
Lheroie 1uto he riiIulous vetil, he inlinted on isi
cli ngilhii iu it a hollowedl-out nass of rock nil
a' it giving rnit ol--ri- a of :nlltatio. of lectures fri
by l)Dutilii Pi'iftss.ri, t,3 said ti ch absurd ac
ttht g', and tmade hiin-. If like so many diler- gr
ienIt Ile tile, that I tired nl)s, lf out with iaigh wt
trug. Il a pause, we tard an echo of ray lIt
laugh, ilrtd bhut 'ely cifI-t.liic, colrile front the go
other slU of tt etlle:t0 C:Conur j~mped down o0
liei a slto, a1,ti I , i.iiOt feil over a young lady ox
I wllO wun huttltil cie i omfit:.tbly iat the foot of lii lei
rostrumn oil the cshiidy aide with a large ~ ketch- Cf
Ing bgard onil I '-r all. Her fa:e grew as crlis- ti
so un as he wihetn she saw we had found tiher ont, To
t and she lookeid tiip it iii" In an apealiing way cu
(I never saw senui pretty buwn eyes before,) oi
nold said, 'I indlcd I did not Illean to listen. it
I was ,busy skrtcirg, aidl dl i I:ot know what he
nas gmiing ion for a llg tI le., andl rf erwalrd all
I really conild not helt, laughing ' Hllr mouth on
i qu veredC again ua asheo poke, and she peeped he
up frot ma liter er etrly dark eye-lan)se at he
d Cii:uoTr, a. it sLe c.-:uo "ry alixions to know It
h what kiiit of cle;at.:.t ali that rodoulntade ab
t had colne fToun. I as cnlarnllld, burit C.r'ii:or lo
e walketd iIl, down, I ,utd sooe, in the very lei
a lowest ldeiuth if gl:iinets. 'It did not make ge
d it any bett:e f'-r It ,,' to said, 'that it was fu
tonly a girl, and such li v re pretty one, who 0t
h Lail urheard -r is Lotirletei' ; h-'. was all the Vo
a lore dlsZi c'rd at it:'-g caught nmaking a fool ah
of hlritlitli.' at
"We ne1-t the same yoiung lady again after- to
d wards oi the stands, ComItlmes with a troop of ti
e chitdre.-n wt, tsee·outd to lie nudl'r her charge. pi
Counnor c:allht her, ';ie girl with the shabby or
bourlet,' anu I 'tl.' girl with the pretty eyes.' hb
SbShe used to purs., nI , ltir mlouth aind look de- M
Smoure as we p1atdI, and I don't believeo we yc
shonll ever hav ttpo ,ken ti, her if it Lad not hi
been fr eniuther littlo iumident which these hi
g snlll children Lrougllt shalut. We camer upO to
tctr one evening stanlding by the edge of the Ti
i water, li:iuki:g very iaigry arnd ready to cry. te
'Iwo of the boys hiad perci.ed themselves on a as
i high wlit:o alne rit.d wl.ich thebo tide had o1
ilowtd- S0he vaa~tdi,:l them to get down, and ti
y tir'y wirt riilto.ily dariing lhe to come and co
make tl:teml. It a asn oll a narrow streak of to
o water, but it wolrld have spoiled her neat bh
t boots and her fresih lmuslin skirt to wade ae
o through it. It is true about the bonnet and ih
all the other poor little clothes being shabby, yj
V but she tnanages to put thelm nui with a dainty Pt
air that I could not give to sell S and. satins. in
e I saw her glance d1own at her little feet and co
t her pink tlounoes, and tears of vexation le
h awelled up into her big. brown eyes. I made hi
o Connor look. In a moiloute he strode o'er the M
water and was back again it tI a kicking boy eu
under eabch arm. We walked back with her of
to the house where her aunt and unnle live, A
it Connor keeping the boys to good order, and lii
bs ringing them blck to the height of good hu- hi
s, mor with such stories as only Connor can tell: at
y and since that evening we three-or rather I t1
t should say we ten, for I must include the ac
i- seven boisterous cousins- have been the fast
o eat of fast friends. We did not flid out who
r. she was at first. The aunt's name way May
ir nard, and we called her Miss Lesbia-ahe has pi
Is the misfortune to own that sonnetical name- co
It and after a while Babette and Baby, as the bI
'- boys call her. The fun is, that Pelham took a at
o great disgust at oar fiieudtbip. It is to be as
t, confessed that at first we talked about the na
- Maynards, night anid day. 'Are they respect- ti
s able people I' he asked. 'l'ley don't keep a ri
a gig,' was all the satisfaction he could ever get at
d trum Connor. To satisfy himself, lie need to li
at comedown to the I'Parade to watch us through
n- an opera-glass as we set out and oame bhaok n
I, from our boating excuraious. lie pronounced a
ie that- Miss Maynard was not in the least pretty w
. --quite plain, ill fact, nud in bad style--jist T
r- tho sort oif friend he sahold have expected tI
" Connoir antd l1e to pick tpll anid rave about. a
,l Yet thiough hisi jndglment wasn ) deo ded, one o
d sight if her Ilainness c id not contenit hia. ti
ok Solehow or other hI was always there watch- i
t- ivK Now tiere is tliiS abou.t or ItlbrLie-- I
h, ase has auch a killd heart sheo on never biiar
Stlo tleav anivboiy oui' of hir liking. Shlc x o
v lects evero"on to be firlinle with hlier, aid I
n ,nvei th lnk that the Ilorl iiopie stund aloohf r
e, from eIr the iIllrfl I tn rean tley have for her, h
y anid the moreIe ieo.lute she!o is to win thm. n
d One day lwhen we were all ettllig forth on a n
- long expeotihitn, aiid Pi. lbatn wan lingering
forlornly about, sIe jilsti looktd up at him with c
I,' het large, btby ih b:own eyes, and said, 'Yu p
o are ominiig too, ale not you i' nd he came. 1
t Not that luce' only. li has quite turned over a
d, anew leaf. lie lieaves his books in the morn
e ing, and sits out witth nus on the beach while b
s Connor reads 'Lalla Rookh' aloodl. lIe joins P
f our afternoon walks as a matter of course, and d
id gete into the boat of an evening uninvited. d
Connor quizzes his shy, grave etlorts to make i
- himnself agreeable, and Lesbia laughs; but ti
"s Pelham, though he is not witty, can give a
r good hard, effective snub in self-defence now o
it- and then. When be administers one to Con
, nor, it is like putting a lid on to a jack-to-the
I- box. Connor iastffaced for the moment, to ¶
ly lash npl again at an onexpected opportunity, h
a and Leebrla in a fright makes haste to twist i
n the joko into something that sounds like a p
h- conl!iment to Plhbam, and so restores peace. a
1 am not sure that the boys arereally learning o
Ie to like each otlher better, but at all events we, v
e, sister atnd brothersa, slend more of our time 1
be together, and have more things in common to
a talk about, than we ever had before in our g
k- lives; and, Anne, is it not odd that we should n
owethle to the sister of Unole Charles' grand t
ue favorite, John Thornley-the man you dislike
so muoh. It'se true. Conor's Leabla is aot- C
analy sister to the brown-paper man and wro p
at man you described tome. I have been a long of
ae time coming to the fact, for it was very long gr
in coming to me. I knew a great deal of Les- wi
so bia's history before her real name came out. wi
It is a very sad history and fits the grave a
og brother and sister you describe better than wI
o our pretty Lesbia Their father, though he tb
of was a near relation of Uncle Charles, seems to sh
of have been a very imprudent man and his con- wi
duct so offended his cousins, DSr. and Mrs. me
If, Maynard, that they dielike the very mention in
't of his name, and acquiese gladly in the mis- ee
. take strangers naturally fall into of calling an
Lesbia Miss Maynard instead of Miss Thorn- tb
k, ley. There were several Thornley brothers re
em and sisters at one time, but all are dead now an
- except these three. I wish Lesbia was not ah
ly subject to be seized with fits of shyness when- ao
of ever anything about the troubles they all bad on
n- to bear in their father's lifetime, comes oat in foi
the course if conversation ; for it seems to me,
r, from little words she has let drop now and loi
u. then, that the grave brother and sister must rs,
have done some things that were rather fine, th
st and I should like to hear more about them. rai
oe They have had to work-actually work-with wi
.- their own hands like common people to help Tt
I the others in very bad times. Leabiaspeaksof he
y- them with a kind of loving awe that impres- Tb
bh ses me greatl;. It seems there is a rich old no
11 ounle on the niother'e side, and when their gli
st mother died be offered to adopt his grand- lit
as nephews and nieces and take them to live with ph
e, bim if they would adopt his name and solemn- we
it ly promise never to hold any further communi- to
to cation althi their father, who was abroad at TI
ii- he time. T"ere were four nearly grown-up th
y brot hers and siters then, and Lesbia te'ls me gr
e tl.hey held a family council over the letter, pe
in and decided not to accept their grand-uncle's of
.. tffer. T:ey would not g:ve up their father or nii
II their ianie, which they did not consider he go
to had in :ny way divgraced, and they did not inii
id ohcooe to be dependerit on a relation who had s:i
et allowed their mojther to die in poverrty. They tic
s agreed, however, that Lesbia, who was then pa
ly only ten years oldl, ought not to be bound by op
g- their resolve. and thtey made a compromise iml
of abount er. Theiy ent her here to live with ire
or their moth:r's cousin, Mrs. Maynard, and a
th wrote to the grand-uncle begging him wait Pa
a for her letermination till she was old enough p:
I- to make it for herself. lUe never answiered the so
in leter, and he has not taken any Sl,.cial no- Sao
ta tlce of Lersbia since, though he is on goul dli
st terms with his relations here, and ie.nd! lie
tI presents to their children sametimes. I thirk lit
is Lesbia almost hopes ho has forgotten her cx- Mi
iu isteuce. She dreads having a decision to w.
k make; she could not bear to separate herself lir
As from her brother and iel'er; and ye' she ii~
rd acknowledges that luxury and riciaee would be
r- great tumptatioies to her. I can oee they lS
i- would, by the disunst with which slhe .f el O'
y looks at her own shahby bonnets and f..ud-d I
ic gowns. Why do I tell youn all this i I aci pr
Scoming to the reason soon ; but fisi TI onu- ve
ly explain the link between no anil the 'I'Turn
I, les that sent them to Castle Dsly. Iucle yo
1i. Charles was mixed up at one time iu somen of loi
i- the speculations that brought the older Mr. Wi
"i, o'luntey to grief ; and it was the oldest so's on
ey cuondct, when the father's d!flicnlt a~ttltr an
,) caeio to be wound up, that inspired our wino Yo
in. uncle with such anl tpinion of his ab;lity that
at he would not believe anyone conul set o.r he
Is affaire to rights so well as he. I asked L -sbia P
i oure day if the apporitnient had been goodl for lt
od her brother, and to tny surprise she shook ler C.
at head and began to cry ; and when Conror au.l co
.w I tried to co.. fort her by going into rap:urc se;
In about the country, and telling her hbow a ti
or lorged to live Lhere uagain oureolves,she pat a cii
ry letter fromn her sister into my hands' and beg- tit
ke gled m to read it. It was a very clever letter, bh
as full of little tonchcas of description that made wi
bo me cry out with lionirgi g for home ; but at the
le end canuo an all :isuo to some danger which to
ol she seems to beilueve hangs over her brother, oh
and threatuns his lfe. It was only a word or of
:r- two, but theyv cre anch grave, quiet words, alt
of that I felt they ie-ount more than they ex
;e. pressed. Aneen. is tiits danger all adelusion, m;
by or is there a crain f truth in it ? I will not II
a.' believeir in mnro than a grain, especially as is
Ie- Miss 'Thortley in-inn',tes that you have used no
oa your iniloerce to prej idice the people against
at hir brother, arid that you are to blame some- an
e bhow fir his not, being safe at Castle Duly. I'll to
on tell you wh't yin u;iust do to open her eyes. qt
le The iintant yeo have finiahed reading my let
y. ter you mis, order ouit Peter Lynch and the Vi
a car, anu drive over to Casele Daly, whatever ed
ad other business y,.u may happen to have in co
iid tand, and iriit rti.o brother and sister to of
nd come and stay n iih .ou in Good People's Iol- M
of low. If they itsita e. yos and Peter nubt Co
at brine th~u.m off by frcc When you have puo- to
de session of theou ),l riu mst take them about in sa
id the car to all the Aakess and faire and eta'ions at
ty, you can hear of, till their faces and yours and w
y Peter Lynch's have got so mixed up together qt
is. in people's thoughts that they will never dis- at
id connect them again. Then you most write a ta
on letter for me to show Leabia, such as will set s*
de her heart at test, ear.ing how well yoe and pt
he Mr. Thornley are getting on together, and how e3
oy everybody's ill-will has given way at the sight at
ir of your triple allianci. It, quick, dear Cousin Pt
re, Anne, and accomplish this, or I'll never be- in
nd lieve you are a true descendant of the O'Fla- he
in- herty witch. I shall expect that letter tefore re
II: another month is over, and the shortening of al
I the days which Miss Thornley says she dreads gi
he so much has become perceptible." in
at- te
ho CIIATi'TR X.e
my- Miss O'Flaberty went about her usual oocn- bi
as pation for the rest of that day and the next, tt
t- carrying Ellen Daly's letter in her pocket, and te
he bearing on her mind the conviction that a dis- e'
a agreeable duty, to which she must bring her d
be self sooner or later, hung over head. It was hr
,e not any personal feeling against theThornleys it
ot- that nmade Ellen's request distasteful, it was vi
a rather that it brought her, as despotic rulers
tat are liable to be brought, into unexpected col- at
to liseon with the limits of her power. w
gh Sympathetic people with active minds and fr
ik not very strong wills sometimes appear to have ui
led almost unbounded power over those with re
tty whom they are brought constantly in contact or
*st Their busy brains and hearts quick to interpret st
ted the emotions of slower intellects seem to have H
ut. an irresistible faculty for m:oulding the actions se
ie of others in accordlaince with their wishes ; but oni
m. it is a sort of itlliencre that is very apt to fail Pi
h- euhlleu!y. It only gathere up and gives form w
- to thli feelings a:.. tuhonughts of others, it does st
Sniot citutrol thcr, andit the linkof sF mpathy
C- ornu L-rokenr, the aiutority falls to the ground. T
SI Miss ) Flaherty, t5 ien of learts, as she was lo
if reiputred to be, lhad iad one or two eaulplesu of tt
5r, her p)owerlCsCUest to bring about what shl:e de
it. slred, when it was agains the bprjudices of her t
a neiglhbora she a-s working, anlo not through hi
rig themi, and she suspeoted that this matter of
th calling back the sanotion she had been sup- l
ou posed to give to t Ie popular hatred of the f
no. Thornleysa would prove another hbniilating in
er stance of the failure of her influence.
n- She had no instinctive lovoof combat in her,
ile but in this instance the duty was too irmperra- o
ins tie to be long put aside. She let two fine be
md days slip by, but when the third came in, with le
d. drenchbing rain and howling west wind from
he the sea, her resolution woke up. It was easier a
nt to defy weather and Peter Lynch together ni
a than to take Petarer Lynch alone, and from m
ow ohildhood Anne had always found a storm of
on- wind inspiring, and taken delight in braving a
he- weather; besides, she should be sure to fiod the
to Thornleys at home, and they hardly could turn f
y, her away fromt her consin's door wet through. s
rist She gave her little maidens directions to pre- a
a a pare for visitors befre she left home, and in ni
ie, spite of the blinditg rain took the reins in her ri
lg own hands to provide against Peter's oiruom -i
as, venting her after all by overturnitg the car in hi
ne the tirsn convenient bog be came near. t
to She did not set forth till noon, and her pro
or grase was slown, the road being converted in h
Id many places to a sheballow running stream, and
Sthe old horse knowing well in whose hands he tl
ke wee. It was already late in the afternoon when V
ut- CUtle Daly esme In eight. The storm bad
Sspent its strength by that time, the lodoa wail a
g of the wind had died away into little fitful t
g gusts, like the worn-out Mobe of a child spept b
i" with angry Crying, the oloods had lifted in the a
. eat. showing below their black jagged ridges a
e a blood-red ann sloping to its funeral pyre piled
a with purple and gold. The toesed waves of I
e the lake caught the glow, and ran up to the a
o shores in ritmson curves as if the esr asse of p
water had been soddenly turned into a sea of a
i. molten jewels. The trees and battered flowers
o in the garden seemed to be gathering them- f
selves together and lifting up their tossed arms a
and wet faees for a farewell kiss of peace from
the departing sun. It loked like an hour of h
s reconolliation. The battle had been fought, a
r and the contending powers, storm and son- a
t shine, were stretching hands to each other I
across the battle-field. Anne felt it a good a
omen, and took heart for the task that lay be- a
o fore her. t
The place was very still and deserted, no
loungers by the gate, no beggare airing theiF a
rage on the wall, or gossoons hanging about li
the back premises waiting to be sent on er- a
rands A dull, empty eohocame back from the
wide hall and staircase when Anne knocked.
p The maid that answered her summons informed a,
f her that Mr..Thornley was oat, and Miss f
Thornley at home, but very bousy. Anne did a
i not wait for the conolosion of the senootence, she A
r glided .psitrthe girl, walked straight to the a
library`dodr, and opened it herself. 8he bad I
planned during her drive exactly what she it
would do and say on her arrival. 8bhe meant
to walk in with outstretoned hands, take Miss a
Tlhorcle)'s in hers, and speak ount at once all tj
p that was in her mind without false shame or c
e grudging. She would confrss frankly her re
pentance for past misconstroctions, and speak b
of the strong desire that bad grown up in her t
r minl to undo the wrongs of which she was re
e guilty towards them. There should be no hold
t tng back; tte harriers of dislike and uisunder- y
s :anding should be thrown down by a flood
ti. ' of genroa i itrpulso atLd goodwill. It-r '
purpose held good till tie door was thrown n
y open, and she had taken a step or two forward
into the room, and then a sadden revulsion of ti
u feeling came. A quiet figure rose from behind b
Sa writing-table., eaped up with buoks and a
papers, and two grey eyes fixed on her face, n
, plainly asked the meaning of her intrusion A
enowaltl aimed at Anne would hardty have a
sent a maore sudden chill throgh her than the r
1 dligrnliel surprise exprt sed by those e yse The
a hearty words ashe bad meditated died on tier t
lips. and she gave up all intention of taki.ig
SMi.- Tlhorrlay'' friendship by storm. 'there I
woe an awkward pause which thoEnglish lady
SItok i at., making a step furward, but not.
he ohling out her itand.
"I am afra'd there ii satole mistake. Yin
have no don it nome in to s, my brother, Mis. a
O'Flaherly, and I am sorry to say he is out. If b
I could be of any uso-but-" (glancing ex
pressively at ber Itntern) "I am tunfortunately i
very much occnupied at this momente" t
"Yes, 1 know, and I ant e',rry to intrude upon I
Syou," cried Aine, feeling that since she had h
f ont c-orage to offer a fyvor, tihe only porea!tle n
way of escaping from her dilem:uma wea to beg c
one ; "but 1 have had a long war drive, and I
am very tired. I think I mlust vent:re to ark I
youn to let me sit with you an hour to rest." Ii
Miss Thornley gave a deipairing glance at t,
r her writing-table, then, with a resigned air, a
a pushed it aside, brougbt forward an armohair
r for her visitor, and rnging the bell, ordered n
r c.ffee and a tire. While these were in the a
.1 course of preparation, she sat upright on her ti
seat, and made conversation on indifierent h
t t p cs with all her might. If she had drawn a h
a cir.lo round herself with an enchanter's wand, ii
sa'e could not more tfflctnally have erected a n
barr ier against intn.soy, which her guest was ,
e warred not to cross.
e "I fear I amt keeping you from finishing let- I
b tore you are anxious about," Anne ventured to I
observe at last, noticing how, in the intervals b
r of her little dry sentences, Miss Thornley's eye ,
stole lovingly back to her writing-case. t
"Not letters; I was copying out an essay of b
my brother's for the 'Qarterly Review,' which n
t I had hoped to dispatco by to-day's post, as it 1,
s is already due ; but never mud, it is too late
d now ; it can't be helped." ti
t The tone was so much imire interested than u
anything that h:l gone before, that Anne ven- A
1 tured to take up a MS., sheet ar.nd ask a few s
. questions.
''ho ssaey roived to be a very laudatory re- ii
e view of a bh-)k on Ireland which Anne happen
s ed to have rend, and particularly disliked. She
n could not refrain: from stating some of her
o objections to the book in her nenal eager way.
M- Miss Thornley defended the author's opinions
it coldly at first; then with some force, turning
,- to her brother's essay, and reading out bits of
n sarcasm with evident relish, which provoked
s angry eloquence from Anne. Argument, even
d when so vehemoenur as almost to approac't a
r quarrel, was a nearer step towards acquaint
-. anceship for those two than mere company
a talk. Both parties forgot to whom they were a
it speaking in the interest of the qanstion, and t
d put forth all their powers. Miea Thornley's
i eyes brightened, her white teeth gleamed now r
it and then with a smile of triumph when she n
n pounced upon a very obvious contradiction in t
in Anne's statements, a little color stole into 0
h- er brown cheeks. Soddenly, in some far-off t
.e region of the house, a clocketruck. Anne saw I
f all the interest and excitement die out of the a
Is grey eyes instantly, and a new expression steal c
into them-a yearning anxious look that went I
to her heart. They talked on, Miss Thornley a
sitting more and more upright on her high-.
i. backed chair, and wandering further and fur- J
t, ther frcm the pointof discussion in her replies t
d to Anne's remarks. Her whole soul had
s- evidently gone out in striving to catch some
r distant sound. A quarter-of-an-hour-half-an
is boor slipped by; silence fell upon the talkers; t
ra it was impossible to keep up the farce of con- b
is versation any longer.
rs Miss Thornley rose from her chair at last,
1- and began to pace up and down before the I
windows, peering out into the darkness, first a
d from one and then from the other; then, with a
,a muttered excuse about the closeness of the
h room, raising a sash, and then leaning her head
t out to listen. Was this her usual way of
,t spending the twilight hours, Anne wondered.
e Her heart began to ache for her, as she ob
is served how she kept nervously clasping and
ut nclasping her fingers, as if every minute that
it passed made endurance more difficult; and
n what a great start she gave when another hour
se etruck.
y "You will bare a dark drive home," Mise
i. Thornley observed to Anne, when it could no
is longer be denied that evening had come, and
if that they were sitting in the dark.
". "I don't care, Peter can always drive safely;
sr you will let me stay a little longer, till your
h brother comes back t'" Anne implored.
if Miss Thornley put out her hand and grasped
a. the back of a cnair, as if to keep herself from
e falling.
-. "You--you know of some danger he is in;
you canle to warn me 9"
r, "Oh, no, no," oried Anne; "do you think I
o- couhl have sat still, talking all time, if it had
e been so t Please don't imagine me so heart
h less."
S A quick gesture from Miss Thornley, that
sr seemed to say the question of Anne's heartless
hr ness was one to which she could not give her
a mind just then, was all the answer that came.
f "There I" she said faintly, a minute or two
g later, "did you hear that t"
e It was a very distant sound, so distant and
n faint that Anne would not have troubled her
b. self to think what it was if her attentian had
s not been called to it; but as it was, there was
n no resisting the conviction-that sharp, olear
ir ring-it was a gun going off somewhere, a few
a yards from the house. Anne could not keep I
n her voice from trembling a little, as shabe an
a. "It was nothing; such sounds are often
. heard."
id "No, not_rseck sounds; I never heard any
ie thing exactly like that. at this hour before.
n Will John never come?"
dl She covered her face with her hands, and
I stood trembling, but self oontrolled stil. Anne
1 thought she could almost bhear the beating of
her heart in the dead silence that followed,
a while both held their breath, listening for
s what would come next.
Cheerful sounds-a man's brisk step crush.
Sing the gravel, a voice giving some directions
a outside, in what Annie believed to be a pur
f posely load and reassuring tone of voice, then
r a common place knock at the door.
Mise Thorntey withdrew her hands from her
face, into which color and expression had rush
ed back.
"There I" she said lookiog up at Anle, "I
I have been foolish again and you have seen it.
May I beg you not to tell my brother about
my little fright; it was nothing, you see, and
I would not have him know how nervous I am
I apt to get, when he is long away, for the
world; is would make him needlessly nncom- I
Anne had only time for a gesture of oompli
r ance, for the brisk steps were approaching the
library door, and Miss Thoroley sprang for
ward to meet her brother.
"Well, John, are you very wet and tired I"
"Yes, wet through ; but my pockets are well
stuffed to make up for it. Three letters-one
from Leebia, and a better haul of books than I
ever had before, from theBa.yowen book-shop.
Actually, a 'Quarterly' only six months old;
and a volume of Napier's 'Penineular War.'
Don't you call that worth riding in the rain
for ''
The tones were light, but as the brother'e
and sisters' eyes met there was an eager ques
tion in them that betrayed more feeling than
comes into everyday meetings and partings.
"I have you safe at home again, and nothing
has happened 1" the sister's eyes asked, while
the brothef's telegraphed back an atlectionate
"Yes, you see I am safe. WLy do you let
yourself be anxiousne"
The expression passed in a rmnment, as Mr.
T_horrley turned to addreos-Auue: but it was
not lost on her
"I thought I heard a gun go eff in the direc
tion of the field, beyond the larch grove, at the
back of the hoeos,." Miss Thornley iemarked in
a studiedly indifferent tone of voico some
minutes later.
"ABh! yes, I dareesy you did." Lor brother
ars*ered; "omne s'upid fellows popping at the
rabbits, I suppose."
"Shoortig rabbits in the dark! and close to
the road '
"Well, I j'mped over the stone wall and -
looked about in tho wood, thinking I should
surprise whom-ver it was, but I awc no one."
"Jo. m!,, d over the w:al! Oh, John, how rash!
You prnl.r:'ed ono would rot tutl risks."
'l"Tee risk of being mistaken for a rabbit I
asenre you, Bt ids. it was not a risk; it was the
bf bo, thing to do "
Toe pur of grey eyes met again, and looked
into e.r.' otiihor; there was an sgl.ny of t(urs
tinning now inu tte siter's. What did cL meaul
lHad I.ej j: come onut of great perill Had he
I h.d a hbir-bre-t tescape of his lifea few min
utes ago, and did he know it himself ? Anne
could nit qpito make up her mind what to
think. ler e3es, too, vcre , vetted on Mr.
'Thoriley's face, aid she fancied there was a
iii In ti nu.lilng of the lip aci f in were trying
to keep doiwun cnme emt,.u before hi spke
'I really think that tle poacthing theory 1
may be the true one to-night," he s.id. "Let i
us be satisfied with it, and ak no more ques.
tions. W., shall never have a Inunment's eaoce
here if we try to account for everything that I
happens on reos)nable suppositions. Now,
if Mius O'Flaherty i ill excuse me, I willempty
my pockets of books and go and change my
wet clothes."
It a as clear that Anne could not delay her
leave-taking lorger. As she took Miss Thorn
ley's hand to say "Good-bye," she managed to
bring out the invitation that sbe Intended to
speak with her first greeting. It was nega
tived so decidedly by brother and sister in one
breath, that she felt there was no possibility
of urging it further. Her disappointment was
has keen than it would have been an hour ago.
The events of the evening had convinced her
that the danger was too real and grave to be
met by the measures Ellen had suggested.
Another prcject had dawned on her mind.
She was now in haste to return home, and
suned the rest of the evening in taking the
tfi step for carrying it into execu.tion.
(To be continued.)
.... . ..--.-, m-~
Nartin Luther on Copernicus.
(Ph:lade'phta Standard I
So much nonsense and falsehood is constant
ly repeated about the opposition of the Catho
lic Church to science, and particularly about
its former position towards the Copernican
theory that, by way of effect, it may not be
amiss to give the following utterance of Mar
tin Luther:
"I am now informed that a new astrologer Is
risen who presnmeth to prove that the earth
moveth and goeth about-not the firmament,
the sun and moon, not the stars-like as when
one sitteth in a crack, or in a ship that is
' moved, thinketh he sitteth still and resteth;
but the earth and trees do move, and men them
a selves. Thus it goes, we give up ourselves to
I our own foolish fancies and conceits. This 1
fool (Copernicus) will turn the whole art of
astronomy upside down, but the Scripture
showeth and teacheth another lesson when
Joshua commandel the sun to stand, and not
s the eart.."
From the above it will be seen that the cele
brated Luther occupied the same position as
that taken by Jasper, the colored preacher who
has recently created a great deal of excitement
among the negroes and amusement among the
whites of Richmond by contending that "the
t sun do move."
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