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“Not unless she be with her friends, the and get either substantiated or disproved Ballows, at Minchley. You might do well the identity of Miss March with Miss Robto inquire. But, if she is with them, possi- erts. So he wrote off to Miss Varnish that bly, she may not go by the name of Miss day, informing her that he verily believed Roberts. Indeed, I fancy she would find a he could aid her that is, could expose the change of name rather convenient at this futility of Miss March's pretensions. Only, time. Perhaps she goes by the name he required for that end a certain service which, until lately, she always bore, Miss at Miss Varnish's own hands. Would she March.”

take the earliest possible opportunity of see“ Miss March !” and the hat which Mr. ing this young “ pretender," and turn the M'Quantigan had taken in bis hand, fell out conversation between them to North Wales, of it on to the floor. “ Miss March! And and carefully remember and record the do you say that this Miss Roberts ever went places in that region with which Miss March by the name of Miss March?

declared herself familiar ? M'Quantigan “Yes, always; until, as you'll see, when imposed this service on his old friend Emma. you look at those papers I spoke of, she was with perfect confidence. He was well asfound out to be the daughter, the illegiti- sured (and so he told her), that she had not mate daughter – the illegitimate daughter committed herself to any open hostility with of a Welshman of the name of Roberts. Mrs. Torring's young friend. So he waited, Did you ever hear her spoken of ?very confident that he should quickly know

I cannot say ! it struck me as if I had. I whether, indeed, her enemy and Mrs. Fershall very likely be better able to tell you, rier's enemy were one person or two. when I see you again. Now, good bye, This day was Thursday, and let Miss Mrs. Ferrier; and I'll lose no time in satis- Varnish be as prompt and as speedy as she fying you on this, and every other matter.” might, an answer from her could hardly

And he took his leave, and was gone. reach him until Monday. In fact, it did What an interview it had been! And by not come to him until the Tuesday. But what a mere accident - it almost made him his letter of inquiry as to the property in tremble to think — had the most important Wales was answered by the Saturday. It fact of all been given to his knowledge. was the common talk at Tremallyoc (so The utter collapse of bis matrimonial aspir- M.Quantigan's Bangor friend wrote to tell ings was already as a thing which had hap- him), and, indeed, throughout a very wide pened to him long ago; so much of stran- circle in Carnarvonshire, that Mr. Gryfger matter had superseded it. Could it fyth's will had been executed under a very verily be that “ Miss March,” the subject of strange mistake; but that the innocent his Somersetshire friend's profuse forebod- usurper, known Miss Roberts, had ings, was one and the same with that “ Miss appealed to the heir-at-law to rescue her Roberts,” dread of whom appeared the out of her afflicting position; and that he, animating principle of Mrs. Ferrier's ac- not behind her in an upright generosity, tions ? Seated again in the coffee-room of had arranged matters very justly and reahis hotel, Mr. M'Quantigan drew out Miss sonably. Varnish's letter with a much more respect- Having read this, M-Quantigan put aside, ful handling, than that with which he had once and for good, any further idea of crammed it in.

thrusting himself on Eva. He was quite Of course, it did not escape him that Miss disposed, on his own account, to become her Varnish was paltering with truth when she enemy; and horrid purposes, which were to expressed so firm a conviction that Eva's attain a fixed shape by-and-by, already pretensions to be a Campion were all floated indistinctly before him. It must be deceitful ones. The writer was inwardly remembered that this man had not only convinced that the claim would prove true, been a criminal before the law; he came of and was in agony of terror at the utter ruin a race by whom the sanctity of human life which the acknowledgment of such rights is held in little account. We do not speak would bring to her own expectations. The of his being an Irishman, but of his being Irish friend of Miss Varnish felt sure al- an Orangeman. [Since we began to write ready that there was some truth in Eva's this story, some Liverpool Orangemen have new pretensions. The contradictory mys- shown their respect for the Decalogue by tery which over-shadowed her might well threatening the life of a bishop on Sunhave such an issue as that. However, he day !] had already written to ascertain if there The blood of Mrs. Ferrier's new ally had was any lingering chance of claiming Eva run, for several generations, in the veins of as his daughter. He must forthwith write, men to whom the life of every Romanist



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was a little less sacred than that of a wolf. which had appeared to Mr. MʻQuantigan a The brutal ascendancy had made murder likely thing, from the moment that Mrs. easy in conception.

Ferrier had mentioned Eva under the name On Tuesday, the 23rd of September, of Miss March. To Mrs. Ferrier, therefore, there came, as we said, an answer from he at once betook himself, still keeping his Miss Varnish. We had better give it as it resolution to tell her less or more of the was written by her:

truth, as the great principle of expediency

might appear to dictate. He found her Deverington Hall, September 21, 1856. eager to see him as before, and this time he “ DEAREST MURPHY, — It was not until was under no delusion as the cause of her late in the afternoon of yesterday that I eagerness. He did not purpose telling her could manage to call and see Miss March that Eva was assuming kindred with the (for I do not admit her ridiculous claim to Campion family. If she heard of such any other title). I had no difficulty in get- claims, and were led to believe them, there ting her into conversation, for I do not think would at once be an ending of her great she has any conception of my having over- objection to Eva as a daughter-in-law, and heard her scheming with that woman Pat- a consequent ending of any profit to be terson, last Monday: Indeed, I contrived gained by him in preventing the marriage. to meet her, as if by accident, that very Of course, the first question she asked him day; and in quite an innocent manner, I was, whether he could favour her with any mentioned the observatory. However, I news. His answer was, that he had discovtalked about -North Wales, as you desired; ered (after a great deal of trouble in inand she let fall that she had stayed a short quiring, he said,) that Eve was living at time near Carnarvon ; she mentioned a Chelford, in Somersetshire, under her asplace which (to spell it as pronounced) is sumed name of Miss March, and (he also called . Thlinbuthlin,' but which she was so gathered) “ up to her old tricks.”. obliging as to spell for me, - Double L, " Indeed, Mr M.Quantigan! Up to her Y, N, B, double U, double L, Y, N.' This old tricks ? Leading foolish people to beI wrote down, - laughingly, of course lieve in her, and setting families at variance, before her own eyes. She also mentioned | I shouldn't wonder!” a place called “Tremallyoc.' I could see “Madam, that's just what I hear entirely. that there was a great deal respecting her The friend and relation who writes to me, adventures in those places, of which it did tells me that this Miss March has got into not suit her ladyship to speak. It might be the house of an old lady, and is trying to well for you to go and enquire there. It wheedle her out of all her property.” should be no manner of expense to you. “ Just what I should expect, Mr. M‘Quansuppose Miss March intends to keep her tigan! I grieve to say it,

just what I foolish pretensions to herself and the ser- should expect. I think that old lady, whovant, until some opportunity offers ; until, ever she is, ought to be cautioned at for instance, Mr. Herbert Campion comes once.” home, – in about a month's time. So, you " We must be careful how we act, my see, we may find time to trip her up before- dear madam. That girl is more artful than band. It was good of you, dearest Mur- you would ever believe.” phy, to answer my letter so quickly, and to “Believe! There's scarcely any wickedenter so warmly into my troubles. But I ness that I should not believe of her, and I was sure you would. I shall never forget know, but too well, that she's just the most you, be my fate what it will,

artful creature in existence." “ Yours ever affectionately,

And Mrs. Ferrier thought within herself, " EMMA VARNISH.” what a blessing it was that she had per

suaded Richard to promise a certain delay in "P.S. - As you seem to have some idea marrying. He would evade the promise, that you know Miss March, I will briefly no doubt of it. He would find some quibdescribe her to you. As I said before, she ble, whereby to escape. But it bad preis somewhat stout. She has 'golden brown' vented his taking Miss March to wife at hair ; large (unpleasantly large) brown once. He, probably, would defer the crowneyes; a really good complexion (fair), but ing folly until January; and before then with a great deal too much colour in her this wicked young woman, unconscious, very cheeks. She has a dashing boldness of likely, how closely she was watched, would manner that some people like.”

get herself into some scrape, not to be for

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and her ally now always spoke of Eva as in all the time to come, and not only for the Miss March, thereby avoiding confusion.

“ She's so artful,” assented M'Quantigan “ To be sure I do, Mr. MʻQuantigan. I to the lady's last remark, “ that I feel sure want to have matters so arranged that this and certain she must be nothing better than marriage cannot be. I think it can be done, a Papist in disguise.”

but only by an extreme course, and that ex“ Well, indeed, Mr. M‘Quantigan! I treme course, I think, we are justified in wonder that idea never before struck me. taking.” Yes, certainly, I should really think she “We are, my dear madam. But would must be a female Jesuit."

you wish to know my plan when I have had “ And ought we to be particular in deal- time to settle upon it?” ing with such people as that, Mrs. Ferrier ? Why, I rather think no, Mr. M.QuantiIs it right to apply ordinary rules to our gan. I will leave it all in your hands, and method of getting rid of such enemies to shall only wish to be assured that you have society ?

fairly succeeded.” "I should think not, indeed, Mr. M.Quan- Two possible ways occurred to her in tigan. We must, when we have such wick- which the gentleman might earn his £400 ed people to deal with, do many things at her hands. He might pursue his old adwhich, in themselves, are very painful. vantage with Miss March (as understood Have you told me all that your correspond- by her from Mrs. Dowlas's letter), and ent tells you about this wretched, aban- drive her into a marriage with himself, or doned girl ?”

he might establish a watch on her present Pretty nearly, Mrs. Ferrier. I'm sorry I proceedings, and find her out in some sort

I can't show you the letter. But it contains of wickedness which would overthrow her one or two little matters of business which character beyond every chance of re-estabmy friend does not authorise me to devulge. lishing it. Mrs. Ferrier thought that she She just says, besides, " that Miss March should be furthering either scheme, rather has already shocked all decent people in the by her ignorance than by her connivance. town by her behaviour in attracting gentle- Then,” presently replied her Hibernian men, and such other things.”

ally, “ you'll never be changing your mind "Just what I should have thought, Mr. when the thing is done? You'll never be M'Quantigan. Tallies exactly with another for finding fault, or complaining that I've account which I had of her. That poor gone too far for you? old lady! I really don't feel easy when I · Pray do not suspect me of any such unthink what that girl may be doing to her. grateful feelings, Mr. M'Quantigan. As I Robbing her may not be the worst.” said before, I give up every other consid

“ She just deserves to be hanged, Mrs. eration to this one. And, now Mr M.QuanFerrier."

tigan, if you remember, I was to show you Well, indeed, you're not far wrong, Mr. some papers connected with this wretched M.Quantigan. Oh, I would give myself to young woman. You will see how she first be hanged; I would be hanged over and became acquainted with our family, and over again, rather than my foolish son what a very different return we deserved should marry this infamous creature.” from her from that which she is actually mak

Mr. M Quantigan waited a second or ing. And you'll also see how she came to find two; then looked at her very eagerly, and her real relations those people in North spoke slowly :

Wales.” “ Then, Mrs. Ferrier; you really would And Mrs Ferrier opened her drawer, and do something, and risk something, to make took out her brother-in-law's famous narrathis marriage that you dread impossible ?” tive, and also a copy of the letter which

“That I would, Mr. M Quantigan. I be- Mr. Dowlas had written to her from Llynseech you, accept my assurance in the full- bwllyn. These documents she put into Mr. est and strongest sense. If you hesitate to M-Quantigan's hands; and, with them, he do so, - I told you before I had a little he returned to his temporary home. money at my disposal; well, then, I will They would have been much more inplace £400 in your hands, and consider my- teresting to him to read, only that he knew self your debtor over and above for life, if already how much of their contents had you can contrive to make this marriage an been founded on a serious mistake. The impossible one."

most interesting point was the singular oc“It shall be done, Mrs. Ferrier! It shall currence of the name of Campion in the hisall be done! You want to feel yourself safe tory. That circumstance might, indeed,

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have suggested to Eva the idea of claiming my mind to lead this wretched life of depen. to be Mr. Campion's daughter. But she dence, until I die. I sometimes wish that I had given great proof of her sincerity in had made up my mind to it from the very thus claiming. She had abandoned the am- beginning. Perhaps, if I had given as ple fortune which was hers as the daughter much time and trouble to the fitting myself of Susanna

Roberts. Bitter enemy of Eva's, for a good situation, as I have to concealing though he was, and strongly as his interests my unfitness, I might have been happy and inclined him to injure her to the utmost, he thriving in a humble way, and have had no did her justice in this respect. He believed secrets to burden me. This would have that she was no impostor at all.

been a useful reflection to me ten years On the following day (Wednesday, the ago; but it can profit me little now. I must 24th), he wrote to Miss Varnish, as fol- sink or swim, as the waters run, having lows :

drifted out of reach of the shore. It ap

pears as if I must sink; for I cannot remain “ Dear EMMA, – My great regard for long with this family in my present capacity, you has led me to make inquiries about this and another comfortable situation it may be Miss March, and now, to be very candid hard to find. So, thank you, dear Murphy,

if you wish to protect yourself for your readiness to help me; but I dare from her, you must be prepared for the not accept such help as you appear to prostrongest measures. You had better put pose.” away all thought of ridding yourself of her

“ Your still loving, by convicting her of being an impostor. I

“EMMA." have the very strongest reasons for believing, that if, indeed, she be not the other Mr. Murpby was brought to a standstill Mr. Campion's daughter, she will succeed in by this letter. Much as Miss Varnishi making it appear so. Now, my dear Emma, dreaded the idea of disappointment and out of old friendship, I am willing to help poverty, she dreaded the thought of crime you in this most serious difficulty ; for, as still more. It suited M.Quantigan to have you justly forbode, if these claims are once her believe that, in her interests only was established, in all probability the elder he ready to take measures against Miss brother will re-assume his position; and Dev- March; and he began to consider, since erington Hall, if it continue your home at those interests were not strong enough to all, will never have you for its mistress. "overcome her scruples, whether any strongNow, I will not suppose you such a fool, er influence could be brought to bear upon Emma, that you will allow a small scruple them. It was expedient that the crime, on to bar you out of such very good prospects. which he had thoroughly determined, should I repeat, that I am willing and anxious, for be committed with Miss Varnish's assistyour sake, to help you in this thing. But ance. She might act as a decoy to get Eva you must help me to do it. Perhaps as Miss into the desirable situation; moreover, she March is stout, ber constitution may not be might prove a most useful scapegoat, should good. Perhaps her strange way of coming after suspicions arise, to bear the weight of to Chelford, and holding consultations with any accusation. He knew the heart of this servants, &c., may betoken some aberration woman. She loved bim, and would hate of intellect; and it might be an act of chari- any rival. Mrs. Ferrier had strangely imty to place her in some quiet retreat. You agined him to be the lover of Miss March. will do well to think of this.

It Miss Varnish could be inoculated with “ Your disinterested friend, the same idea, her languid jealousy of Eva “ MURPHY M'QUANTIGAN.” might be stirred into a jealousy very differ

ent in its origin and kind. And this On Saturday, the 27th of the month, brought our Irishman to another matter; there came this rather discouraging ans- how had Mrs. Ferrier been led into that

strange mistake of imagining that he had

stood in such a relationship with Eva ? He " DEAREST MURPHY, – Your desperate put the two things together, and began to ideas are really alarming to me. Of course, see a way of compassing his evil end by desirous as I am of securing my threatened taking them together. On Monday, the prospects, I could not venture on any such 29th of the month, he again visited Mrs. perilous step as you seem to hint at. And Ferrier, for the purpose of ascertaining you must be mocking me, to propose any who, or what, had inspired her with so missuch thing. If the story be true, as you taken a notion, and of following up a plan really appear to believe, I must make up which will be shown in his own conversation.





Mrs. Ferrier, after some little pressing on “I, rather than you ? I, who am his own side, put into his hand the letter she stranger ?” had received, almost a month before, from “ Yes, Mrs. Ferrier, and I will freely tell Mrs. Dowlas. That letter, as we know, allud- you what I mean. We have spoken already ed to Mr.M.Quantigan in terms not the most of — of the transient influence which this respectful. But Murphy was only too deceiving young woman exercised over me. thankful to the writer for having failed to The matter is very freely and tersely identify him with Bryan OʻCullamoré, well spoken of in this letter, written by Mrs. known by her in former days at Liverpool. Jane Dowlas. Now, it would be a someHe grinned to himself as he read the letter what delicate matter for me to speak of

• Now, bless your sweet disposition, this ; but you, if you would, might write my dear,” he said internally," that is sure and warn Miss Varnish against the friendto think the worst of everybody at all times, ship she seems to be making; and you

- I recognize the charitable heart of my might enclose Mrs. Dowlas's letter, to show good and dear sister Jane. Anybody less that you do not speak out of your own head. prompt at thinking evil would have pounced The letter does, indeed, speak of the girl as upon the truth. Thank you, my dear, for · Miss Roberts,' but, with what my friend not doing so.”

already knows, she will not find much diffiThen he returned the letter to Mrs. Fer- culty in believing that they are one and the rier. “I do assure you, ma'am,” he said, same.' “that if anything was not as it should be, After one or two more discussions that Miss March, and not I, was in the wrong." day, Mrs. Ferrier agreed to do as she was

That I believe, as a matter of course, counselled ; and on the morrow it was done. Mr. M.Quantigan. But tell me -I am Her own letter to Miss Varnish was very fearfully anxious to know – how are you brief; it simply consisted in an assurance. getting on in the matter which I have so that Miss March and Miss Roberts were one much at heart?”

and the same, and in a caution against the “ Why, to be candid with you, Mrs. Fer- young woman, as sure to repay the purest rier, not very well. I was tolling you, the kindness with the foulest ingratitude. other day, that I had a friend near Chel- M-Quantigan, meantime, wrote also a very ford, who had seen Miss March. Perbaps brief note to the same lady. He told her you remember?

that, of course, it must be as she pleased ; · I am very little likely to forget, Mr. his desire of efficiently helping her continM'Quantigan; and I certainly remember ued the same. He was not greatly aston

ished when, on Friday, the 3rd of October, *My friend, as I told you, bad conceived he got this letter from his Emma: a very bad opinion of the young woman. But there's no setting bounds to her “ MY DEAR MURPHY, - You are very tricks?— she has actually had the address to right, and I was a fool to have any such gain my friend

- a good, but rather simple scruples. Let us get rid of her in any way sort of lady – to gain her to her own side. we can ; only let me know your wishes, And Miss Varnish, that is my esteemed and I will take any trouble and run any friend's name, is quite persuaded that she risk to forward them. I control myself, has been mistaken; and, as amends for and keep good friends with her. what she thinks to have been a foolish prejudice, is resolved to stand by her against

" Emma." all her enemies. And if anything were said or done against Miss March, this weak, This letter was answered by return of well-meaning, lady, would be down upon post. And one or two more letters passed everybody who had a hand in it. We are between the correspondents in the course beaten, Mrs. Ferrier, hopelessly beaten; of the next week. But, instead of copying unless we can convince this good soul what them here, we shall leave them to be disa viper she is warming in her bosom.” covered in the events which were now be

"Oh, dear! Oh, dear! There surely is ing hurried on by them. some witchcraft in the girl !

But I'll fight On the afternoon of Saturday, the 11th her to the utmost extremity, Mr. M'Quan- of October, Mr. M'Quantigan made antigan; there surely must be a way of open- other call on Mrs. Ferrier. It was the fifth ing your friend's eyes."

of his memorable interviews with her. One * You can do it, Mrs. Ferrier. I doubt interview

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