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house. It is the fathers and mothers persuasion, was induced to come there who are to blame, to a great extent, for the next He lost liberally. He had the very conexions they denounce s fallen in love with Ellen Ivaily. But yet the very outery they Lord Welter saw it, and made use of are raising against these connexions is a it as a bait to draw on Homby to play. hopeful sign.

Ellen's presence was, of course, a great Lieutenant Hornby, walking up and attraction to him, and he came and down the earth to see what mischief he played; but, unluckily for Welter, after could get into, had done a smart stroke a few nights his luck changed, or he of basiness in that way, by making took more care, and he began to win the acquaintance of Lord Welter at a again; so much so that, about the time gambling-house. Hornby was a very when Adelaide' came home, my Lord good fellow. He had two great pleasures Welter had had nearly enough of Lieu. in life. One, I am happy to say, was tenant Hornby, and was in hopes that soldiering, at which he worked like a he should have got rid of Ellen and horse, and the other, I am very sorry to him together; for his lordship was no say, was gambling, at which he worked fool about some things, and saw plainly a great deal harder than he should. two things—that Hornby was passionHe was a marked man among pro- ately fond of Ellen, and, moreover, that fessional players. Every one knew how poor Ellen had fallen deeply in love awfully rich he was, and every one in with Hornby. succession had a “shy” at him. He So, when he came home, he was sur. was not at all particular. He would prised and angry to find her there. She accept battle with any one. Gaming would not go. She would stay and men did all sorts of dirty things to get wait on Adelaide. She had been asked introduced to him, and play with him. to go; but had refused sharply the man The greater number of them had their she loved. Poor girl, she had her wicked will ; but the worst of it was reasons; and we shall see what they that he always won. Sometimes, at a were. Now you know what I meant game of chance, he might lose enough to when I wondered whether or no Charles encourage his enemies to go on; but at would have burnt Hornby's house down games of skill no one could touch if he had known all. But you will be him. His brilliant playing was simply rather inclined to forgive Hornby premasterly. And Dick Ferrers will tell sently, as Charles did when he came to you, that he and Hornby, being once, know everything. I am very sorry to say, together at • But the consequence of Ellen's stayG-n-ch F-r, were accosted in the ing on as servant to Adelaide brought park by a skittle-sharper, and that this with it, that Hornby determined Hornby (who would, like Faust, have that he would have the entrée of the played chess with Old Gooseberry) al house in St. John's Wood, at any price. lowed himself to be taken into a skittle- Welter guessed this, and guessed that ground, from which he came out in half Hornby would be inclined to lose a an hour victorious over the skittle- little money in order to gain it. When sharper, beating him easily.

he brushed Charles's knee in Piccadilly In the heyday of his fame, Lord he was deliberating whether or no he Welter was told of him, and saying, should ask him back there again. As “Give me the daggers,” got introduced he stood unconsciously almost touching to him. They had a tournament at Charles, he came to the determination écarté, or billiards, or something or that he would try what bargain he could another of that sort, it don't matter; make in his sister's honour, whom he and Lord Welter asked him up to had so shamefully injured already. And St. John's Wood, where he saw Ellen. Charles saw them make the appoint

IIo lost that night liberally, as he ment together in the balcony. How

Lord Hainault was right. Welter was a scoundrel. But Hornby was not, as we shall see.

Hornby loved play for play's sake. And, extravagant dandy though he was, the attorney blood of his father came out sometimes so strong in him that although he would have paid any price to be near, and speak to Ellen, yet he could not help winning, to Welter's great disgust, and his own great amusement. Their game, I believe, was generally picquet or écarté, and at both these he was Welter's master What with his luck and his superior play, it was very hard to lose decently sometimes, and sometimes, as I said, he would cast his plans to the winds, and win terribly. But he always repented when he saw Welter get savage, and lost dutifully, though at times he could barely keep his countenance. Nevertheless the balance he allowed to Welter made a very important item in that gentleman's somewhat precarious in come.

But, in spite of all his sacrifices, he but rarely got even a glimpse of Ellen. And, to complicate matters, Adelaide, who sat by and watched the play, and saw Hornby purposely losing at times, got it into her silly head that he was in love with her. She liked the man; who did not? But she had honour enough left to be rude to him. Hornby saw all this, and was amused. I often think that it must have been a fine spectacle, to see the honourable man playing with the scoundrel, and giving him just as much line as he chose. And, when I call Hornby an honourable man, I mean what I say, as you will see.

This was the state of things when the Derby crash came. At half-past five on that day the Viscountess Welter dashed up to her elegant residence in St. John's Wood, in a splendid barouche, drawn by four horses, and when “her people” came and opened the door and let down the steps, lazily descended, and, followed by her footman bearing her fal-lals, lounged up the steps as if life were

longer. Three hours afterwards, a fierce eager woman, plainly dressed, with a dark veil, was taking apartments in the Bridge Hotel, London Bridge, for Mr. and Mrs. Staunton, who were going abroad in a few days; and was overseeing, with her confidential servant, a staid man in black, the safe stowage of numerous hasped oak boxes, the most remarkable thing about which, was their great weight. The lady was Lady Welter, and the man was Lord Welter's confidential scoundrel. The landlord thought they had robbed Hunt and Roskell's, and were off with the plunder, till he overheard the man say, “I think that is all, my lady;' after which he was quite satisfied. The fact was that all the Ascot race plate, gold salvers and épergnes, silver cups rough with designs of the chase, and possibly also some of the Ascot family jewels, were so disgusted with the state of things in England, that they were thinking of going for a little trip on the Continent. What should a dutiful wife do but see to their safe stowage ? If any enterprising burglar had taken it into his head to "crack” that particular “crib” known as the Bridge Hotel, and got clear off with the “swag,” he might have retired on the hard-earned fruits of a well-spent life, into happier landsmight have been “run" for M.L.C., or possibly for Congress in a year or two. Who can tell ?

And, also, if Lord Welter's confidential scoundrel had taken it into his head to waylay and rob his lordship's noble consort on her way home-which he was quite capable of doing—and if he also had got clear off, he would have found himself a better man by seven hundred and ninety-four pounds, three halfcrowns, and a three-penny piece; that is, if he had done it before her ladyship had paid the cabman. But both the burglars and the valet missed the tide, and the latter regrets it to this day.

At eleven o'clock that night Lady Welter was lolling leisurely on her drawing-room sofa, quite bored to death.

house. It is the fathers and mothers persuasion, was induced to come there who are to blame, to a great extent, for the next. He lost liberally. He had the very connexions they denounce so fallen in love with Ellen. loudly. But yet the very outcry they L ord Welter saw it, and made use are raising against these connexions is a it as a bait to draw on Hornby to play. hopeful sign.

Ellen's presence was, of course, a great Lieutenant Hornby, walking up and attraction to him, and he came and down the earth to see what mischief he played ; but, unluckily for Welter, after could get into, had done a smart stroke a few nights his luck changed, or he of business in that way, by making took more care, and he began to win the acquaintance of Lord Welter at à again ; so much so that, about the time gambling-house. Hornby was a very when Adelaide' came home, my Lord good fellow. He had two great pleasures Welter had had nearly enough of Lieuin life. One, I am happy to say, was tenant Hornby, and was in hopes that soldiering, at which he worked like a he should have got rid of Ellen and horse, and the other, I am very sorry to him together; for his lordship was no say, was gambling, at which he worked fool about some things, and saw plainly a great deal harder than he should. two things—that Hornby was passionHe was a marked man among pro ately fond of Ellen, and, moreover, that fessional players. Every one knew how poor Ellen had fallen deeply in love awfully rich he was, and every one in with Hornby. succession had a “shy” at him. He So, when he came home, he was surwas not at all particular. He would prised and angry to find her there. She accept battle with any one. Gaming would not go. She would stay and men did all sorts of dirty things to get wait on Adelaide. She had been asked introduced to him, and play with him. to go; but had refused sharply the man The greater number of them had their she loved. Poor girl, she had her wicked will ; but the worst of it was reasons; and we shall see what they that he always won. Sometimes, at a were. Now you know what I meant game of chance, he might lose enough to when I wondered whether or no Charles encourage his enemies to go on ; but at would have burnt Hornby's house down games of skill no one could touch if he had known all. But you will be him. His brilliant playing was simply rather inclined to forgive Hornby premasterly. And Dick Ferrers will tell sently, as Charles did when he came to you, that he and Hornby, being once, know everything. I am very sorry to say, together at • But the consequence of Ellen's stayG-n-ch F-1, were accosted in the ing on as servant to Adelaide brought park by a skittle-sharper, and that this with it, that Hornby determined Hornby (who would, like Faust, have that he would have the entrée of the played chess with Old Gooseberry) al- house in St. John's Wood, at any price. lowed himself to be taken into a skittle- Welter guessed this, and guessed that ground, from which he came out in half Hornby would be inclined to lose a an hour victorious over the skittle- little money in order to gain it. When sharper, beating him easily.

he brushed Charles's knee in Piccadilly In the heyday of his fame, Lord he was deliberating whether or no he Welter was told of him, and saying, should ask him back there again. As “Give me the daggers," got introduced he stood unconsciously almost touching to him. They had a tournament at Charles, he came to the determination écarté, or billiards, or something or that he would try what bargain he could another of that sort, it don't matter; make in his sister's honour, whom he and Lord Welter asked him up to had so shamefully injured already. And St. John's Wood, where he saw Ellen. Charles saw them make the appoint

He lost that night liberally, as he ment together in the balcony. How

Lord Hainault was right. Welter longer. Three hours afterwards, a fierce was a scoundrel. But Hornby was not, eager woman, plainly dressed, with a as we shall see. .

dark veil, was taking apartments in the Hornby loved play for play's sake. Bridge Hotel, London Bridge, for Mr. And, extravagant dandy though he was, and Mrs. Staunton, who were going the attorney blood of his father came abroad in a few days; and was overout sometimes so strong in him that, seeing, with her confidential servant, a although he would have paid any price staid man in black, the safe stowage of to be near, and speak to Ellen, yet he numerous hasped oak boxes, the most could not help winning, to Welter's remarkable thing about which, was their great disgust, and his own great great weight. The lady was Lady amusement. Their game, I believe, Welter, and the man was Lord Welter's was generally picquet or écarté, and at confidential scoundrel. The landlord both these he was Welter's master. thought they had robbed Hunt and What with his luck and his superior Roskell's, and were off with the plunplay, it was very hard to lose decently der, till he overheard the man say, “I sometimes; and sometimes, as I said, he think that is all, my lady;" after which would cast his plans to the winds, and he was quite satisfied. The fact was win terribly. But he always repented that all the Ascot race plate, gold when he saw Welter get savage, and salvers and épergnes, silver cups rough lost dutifully, though at times he could with designs of the chase, and possibly barely keep his countenance. Never- also some of the Ascot family jewels, theless the balance he allowed to Welter were so disgusted with the state of made a very important item in that things in England, that they were gentleman's somewhat precarious in thinking of going for a little trip on come.

the Continent. What should a dutiful But, in spite of all his sacrifices, he wife do but see to their safe stowage ? but rarely got even a glimpse of Ellen. If any enterprising burglar had taken it And, to complicate matters, Adelaide, into his head to "crack” that particular who sat by and watched the play, and “crib” known as the Bridge Hotel, and saw Hornby purposely losing at times, got clear off with the “swag,” he might got it into her silly head that he was in have retired on the hard-earned fruits love with her. She liked the man; of a well-spent life, into happier landswho did not ? But she had honour might have been "run" for M.L.C., or enough left to be rude to him. Hornby possibly for Congress in a year or two. saw all this, and was amused. I often Who can tell ? think that it must have been a fine And, also, if Lord Welter's confidenspectacle, to see the honourable man tial scoundrel had taken it into his head playing with the scoundrel, and giving to waylay and rob his lordship's noble him just as much line as he chose. And, consort on her way home—which he was when I call Hornby an honourable quite capable of doing_and if he also man, I mean what I say, as you will had got clear off, he would have found see.

himself a better man by seven hundred This was the state of things when the and ninety-four pounds, three halfDerby crash came. At half-past five on crowns, and a three-penny piece; that that day the Viscountess Welter dashed is, if he had done it before her ladyup to her elegant residence in St. John's ship had paid the cabman. But both Wood, in a splendid barouche, drawn by the burglars and the valet missed the four horses, and when “her people' tide, and the latter regrets it to this came and opened the door and let down day. the steps, lazily descended, and, followed At eleven o'clock that night Lady by her footman bearing her fal-lals, Welter was lolling leisurely on her lounged up the steps as if life were drawing-room sofa, quite bored to death. Robert Ferrers, and some Dragoons came were asleep. Don't let yourself be seen. in, she was yawning, as if life was really No one will notice you." too much of a plague to be endured. Charles little thought where he was Would she play loo? Oh, yes; any going. thing after such a wretched, lonely evening. That was the game where

CHAPTER XXXVIII. you had three cards, wasn't it, and you

THE HOUSE FULL OF GHOSTS. needn't go on unless you liked ? Would Welter or someone lend her some money? CHARLES had really no idea where he She had got a three-penny piece and a was going. Although he knew that shilling somewhere or another, but that Hornby had been playing with Welter, would not be enough, she supposed yet he thought, from what Hornby had Where was Sir Robert's little brother? said, that he would not bring him into Gone to bed? How tiresome; she had collision with Welter; and indeed he fallen in love with him, and had set did not only taking Charles with him her heart on seeing him to-night; and as a reserve in case of accidents, for he so on.

thoroughly distrusted his lordship. Welter gave her a key, and told her At half-past six in the evening Hornby there was some money in his dressing- rode slowly away, followed by Charles. case. As she left the room, Hornby, He had told Charles that he should dine who was watching them, saw a quick in St. John's Wood at seven, and should look of intelligence pass between them, ride there, and Charles was to wait with and laughed in his sleeve.

the horses. But it was nearly seven, I have been given to understand that and yet Hornby loitered, and seemed guinea unlimited loo is a charming pur- undetermined. It was a wild, gusty suit, soothing to the feelings, and highly evening, threatening rain. There were improving to the moral tone. I speak very few people abroad, and those who from hearsay, as circumstances over which were rode or walked rapidly. And yet I have no control have prevented my Hornby dawdled irresolute, as though ever trying it. But this I know that, if his determination were hardly strong Welter's valet had robbed his master enough yet. and mistress when they went to bed that At first he rode quite away from his night, instead of netting seven hundred destination, but by degrees his horse's and ninety-four, seven, nine, he would head got changed into the right direchave netted eleven hundred and forty- . tion; then he made another detour, but six, eight, six, leaving out the three- a shorter one ; at last he put spurs to penny-piece. But he didn't do it; and his horse, and rode resolutely up the Lord and Lady Welter slept that sleep short carriage-drive before the door, and, which is the peculiar reward of a quiet giving the reins to Charles, walked conscience, undisturbed. "

firmly in. But, next morning, when Charles Charles put up the horses, and went waited on Hornby in his dressing-room, into the servants' hall, or the room which the latter said,

answered that end in the rather small · I shall want you to-night, lad. I house of Lord Welter. No one was sthought I might have last night; but there. All the servants were busy with seeing the other fellows went, I left you the dinner, and Charles was left unat home. Be ready at half-past six. I noticed. lost a hundred and twenty pounds last By and by a page, noticing a strange night. I don't mean to afford it any servant in passing the door, brought longer. I shall stop it.”

him some beer, and a volume of the Where are we to go to, sir ?” Newgate Calendar. This young gentle“To St. John's Wood. We shall be man called his attention to a print of a up late. Leave the servants' hall, and lady cutting up the body of her hus

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