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Lady Hainault might have been Lord Saltire. They were so glad to puzzled what to say, and Mary would see him. Every one's face had a kind not have helped her, for they had had smile on it as the old man came and sat an argument "anent” that same hymn- down among them. His own smile was book (Mary contending that one or two not the least pleasant of the lot, I of the hymns were as well left alone at warrant you. first), when Flora struck in and saved “So you are talking about poor Ascot, her aunt, by remarking,

eh ?” he said. “I don't know whether “I shall save up my money and buy you were or not; but, if you were, let us some jewels for Mary like mamma's, so talk about something else. You see, my that when she stays down to dinner dear Miss Corby, that my prophecy to some of the men may fall in love with you on the terrace at Ravenshoe is falsi. her, and marry her.”

fied. I said they would not fight, and lo, “Pooh! you silly goose," said Gus, they are as good as at it." " those jewels cost sixty million thousand They talked about the coming war, pounds a-piece. I don't want her to be and Lord Hainault came in and joined married till I grow up, and then I shall them. Soon after another guest was marry her myself. Till then I shall announced. buy her a yellow wig, like grandma's, Lady Ascot. She was dressed in dark and then nobody will want to marry grey silk, with her white hair simply her.”

parted under a plain lace cap. She “Be quiet, Gus," said Lady Hainault. looked so calm, so brave, so kind, so

It was one thing to say “be quiet, beautiful, as she came with firm strong Gus," and it was another thing to make step in at the door, that they one and him hold his tongue. But, to do Gus all rose and came towards her. She justice, he was a good fellow, and never had always been loved by them all; acted “enfant terriblebut to the most how much more deeply was she loved select and private audience. Now he had now, when her bitter troubles had made begun: “I wish some one would marry her doubly sacred. Grandma," when the door was thrown Lord Saltire gave her his arm, and open, the first guest was announced, and she came and sat down among them Gus was dumb.

with her hands calmly folded before her. “General Mainwaring.” The general “I was determined to come and see sat down between Lady Hainault and you to-night, my dear," she said. “I Mary, and, while talking to them, reached should break down if I couldn't see out his broad brown hand and lifted the some that I loved. And to-night, in youngest boy on his knee, who played particular” (she looked earnestly at with his ribands, and cried out that he Lord Saltire). “Is he come yet?" would have the orange and blue one, if “Not yet, dear grandma," said Mary. he pleased; while Gus and Flora came “No one is coming besides, I suppose ?" and stood at his knee.

asked Lady Ascot.

! He talked to them both sadly in a low “No one ; 'we are waiting for him." voice about the ruin which had come The door was opened once more, and on Lord Ascot. There was worse than they all looked-curiously round. This mere ruin, he feared. He feared there time the servant announced, perhaps in was disgrace. He had been with him a somewhat louder tone than usual, as that morning. He was a wreck. One if he were aware that they were more side of his face was sadly pulled down, interested, .. . i and he stammered in his speech. He “Mr. Ravenshoe." ! ! would get over it. He was only three A well-dressed, gentlemanly-looking

a wonderful likeness to Charles Ravens- jolly laugh that those two good souls hoe that Lady Hainault and General had about it, her ladyship would have Mainwaring, the only two who had never been more spiteful still seen him before, started, and thought But, nevertheless, Lady Hainault was they saw Charles himself. It was not very nervous about William. When Charles, though ; it was our old friend, Mary was consulted, she promptly William, whilom pad-groom to Charles went bail for his good behaviour, and Ravenshoe, Esquire, now himself Wil. pled his cause so warmly that the tears liam Ravenshoe, Esquire, of Ravenshoe. stood in her eyes. Her old friend Wil

He was the guest of the evening. He liam! What innocent plots she and he would be heir to Ravenshoe himself had hatched together against the priest some day ; for they had made up their in old times! What a bond there was minds that Cuthbert would never marry between them in their mutual love for Ravenshoe, as Cuthbert was managing him who was lost to them! it now, would be worth ten or twelve But Lady Hainault would be on the thousand a year, and, if these new tin safe side ; and so only the party named lodes came to anything, perhaps twenty! above were asked. All old friends of He had been a stable-helper, said old the family! Lady Hainault--the companion of the Before dinner was announced they drunken riots of his foster-brother im- were all at their ease about him. He postor, and that quiet gentlemanly crea was shy certainly, but not awkward. ture Welter! If he entered the house, He evidently knew that he was asked she left it! To which young Lady there on trial, and he accepted his posiHainault had replied that some one tion. But he was so handsome (handmust ask him to dinner in common somer than poor Charles), he was so decency, if it was only for the sake of gentle and modest, and perhaps, too, not that dear Charles, who had been loved least—had such a well modulated voice, by every one who knew him. That she that before the evening was over he had intended to ask him to dinner, and that won every one in the room. If he knew if her dear mother-in-law objected to anything of a subject he helped the conmeet him, why the remedy lay with versation quietly, as well as he could ; herself! Somebody must introduce him if he had to confess ignorance (which to some sort of society; and Lord Hain- was seldom, for he was among well-bred ault and herself had made up their people) he did so frankly, but unobtruminds to do it, so that further argu- sively. He was a great success. ment on the subject would be wasted One thing puzzled him, and pleased breath! To which the Dowager replied him. He knew that he was a person of that she really wished, after all, that importance, and that he was the guest Hainault had married that pretty chit of of the evening. But he soon found that a thing, Adelaide Summers, as he was there was another cause for his being thinking of doing; as she, the Dowager, interesting to them all, more powerful could not have been treated with greater than his curious position or his prospecinsolence even by her, bold as she was. tive wealth ; and that was his connexion With which Parthian piece of spite she with Charles Ravenshoe, now Horton. had departed to Casterton with Hicks, He was the hero of the evening. Half and had so goaded and snapped at that William's light was borrowed from him. unfortunate reduced gentlewoman by He quickly became aware of it, and it the way, that at last Hicks, as her wont made him happy. was, had turned upon her and given her How strange it is that some men have as good as she brought. If the Dowager the power of winning such love from all could have heard Lady Hainault telling they meet. I knew one, gone from us her lord the whole business that night, now by a glorious death, who had that and joking with him about his alleged faculty. Only a few knew his great biographer most truly says, those who Lord Saltire very rarely spoke of him, once saw his face never forgot it. and, when he did, generally in a cynical Charles Ravenshoe had that faculty manner. But General Mainwaring and also, though, alas, his value, both in Lady Ascot knew that that poor boy's worth and utility, was far inferior to that memory was as fresh in the true old of the man to whom I have alluded above. heart after forty years, as it was on the But he had the same infinite kindliness morning when he came out from his towards everything created; which is part dressing-room and met them carrying of the secret.

the corpse upstairs. The first hint that William had, as to “He was a good fellow," said Lord how deeply important person a Charles Hainault, alluding to Charles. “He was among the present company, was was a very good fellow.” given him at dinner. Various subjects “This great disappointment which I had been talked of indifferently, and have had about him," said Lord Saltire, William had listened, till Lord Hainault in his old dry tone, “is a just judgsaid to William,

ment on me for doing a goodnatured " What a strange price people are and virtuous action many years ago. giving for cobs! I saw one sold to- When his poor father Densil was in day at Tattersall's for ninety guineas.” prison, I went to see him, and reconciled

William answered, “Good cobs are him with his family. Poor Densil was very hard to get, my lord. I could get so grateful for this act of folly on my you ten good horses over fifteen, for one part that I grew personally attached to good cob."

him; and hence all this misery. DisLord Saltire said, “My cob is the interested actions are great mistakes, · best I ever had ; and a sweet-tempered Maria, depend upon it."

creature. Our dear boy broke it for me When the ladies were gone upstairs, at Ravenshoe.”

William found Lord Saltire beside him. “Dear Charles," said Lady Ascot. He talked to him a little time, and then “ What a splendid rider he was! Dear finished by sayingboy! He got Ascot to write him a cer “You are modest and gentlemanly, tificate about that sort of thing before and the love you bear for your fosterhe went away. Ah, dear!”

brother is very pleasing to me indeed. “I never thought,” said Lord Saltire, I am going to put it to the test. You quietly, “ that I ever should have cared must come and see me to-morrow mornhalf as much for anybody as I do for ing. I have a great deal to say to you." that lad. Do you remember, Mainwar- “About him, my lord ? Have you ing,” he continued, speaking still lower heard of him ?” while they all sat hushed, “the first “Not a word. I fear he has gone to night I ever saw him, when he marked America or Australia. He told Lord for you and me at billiards,'at Ranford ? Ascot he should do so." I don't know why, but I loved the boy “I'll hunt him to the world's end. from the first moment I saw him. Both my lord,” said true William. “And there and ever afterwards, he reminded Cuthbert shall pray for me the while. I me so strongly of Barkham. He had fear you are right. But we shall find just the same gentle, winning way with him soon." him that Barkham had. Barkham was When they went up into the drawinga little taller, though, I fancy,” he went room, Mary was sitting on a sofa by heron, looking straight at Lady Ascot, and self. She looked up at William, and he taking snuff. “Don't you think so, went and sat down by her. They were Maria ?

quite away from the rest, together. No one spoke for a moment.

“Dear William," said Mary, looking Lord Barkham had been Lord Saltire’s frankly at him, and laying her hand on only son. He had been killed in a duel his.

see your dear, sweet face again. I was down at Ravenshoe last week. How they love you there! An idea prevails among old and young that dear Cuthbert is to die, and that I am to marry you, and that we are to rule Ravenshoe triumphantly. It was useless to represent to them that Cuthbert would not die, and that you and I most certainly never would marry one another. My dearest Jane Evans was treated as a thing of nought. You were elected mistress of Ravenshoe unanimously."

“How is Jane ?”

“Pining, poor dear, at her school. She don't like it.”

“I should think not,” said Mary. “Give my dear love to her. She will make you a good wife. How is Cuthbert?"

“Very well in health. No more signs of his heart complaint, which never existed. But he is peaking at getting no tidings from our dear boy.

Ah, how he loved him! May I call you "Mary?'"

“You must not dare to call me anything else. No tidings of him yet?"

None. I feel sure he is gone to America. We will get him back, Mary. Never fear.”

They talked till she was cheerful, and at last she said

“William, you were always so wellmannered; but how-how-have you got to be so gentlemanly in so short a time ?

“By playing at it," said William, laughing. “The stud-groom at Ravenshoe used always to say I was too much of a gentleman for him. In twenty years' time I shall pass muster in a crowd. Good night.”

And Charles was playing at being something other than a gentleman all the time. We shall see who did best in the end.

To be continued.



DURING the spring of 1860, there family was believed to be but slenderly appeared in several of the Scottish provided for Subscription sheets imnewspapers, accompanied with some mediately issued, and with such success brief paragraphs of sorrow, an intima- that his widow is now beyond the fear tion of the death of Mr. Hugh Mac- of want, and his children are certain of donald, in Glasgow, at the early age of a sound education, and a start in life forty-seven. Eighteen months and more thereafter. Those of his friends who have now passed, and it has seemed fit were at the time resident in Glasgow, that here some little cairn should be and privileged to walk behind his coffin erected to his memory. The event to the grave, describe the scene as posrecorded in the newspaper paragraphs sessing elements of strangeness. A most was certainly not a matter of national inclement day of rain, yet the longimportance; but a loss, nevertheless, felt extended procession remained unbroken; by many in the Scottish shires, and by and while on the slippery grave-brink many who heard of it some weeks or friend and relative held each a cord, months later, in New Brunswick, and the coffin was being lowered, an old Australia, and the North and South woman, unknown to any, took her place Americas. For the deceased had the there, and gazed wistfully down, till the rare knack of making friends of those clay covered all, and then went her way. with whom he came in contact. Nor Doubtless her appearance represented was the depth of personal friendship some word spoken, or service rendered, long untested. Cut off in middle life, by the kind heart then cold, which proand when he was making way, his bably had faded long ago from its re

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