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because she has a womanish fear of feel- bank from the very first moment that the ing it strike him. A full lunge would have mutineers from Abdoolapore had entered settled the controversy, for the man's the palace. It was only the knowledge of naked chest was on a level with her held. the importance of securing the Jumoo down hands. But the dart of the bright Gate that had delayed him. When he had point towards him makes the man quickly returned to Star Street with the 66th after descend a couple of steps; then Mrs. the slaying of its officers, he had immediHilton goes down two steps after him, the ately started for the bank with a party spear held down at the charge; and the of his own men. Notwithstanding Mr. man continues to retreat, and she con- Hilton's remonstrances — he even tinues to press upon him; and that she threats, at which the sepoys laugh - the does so affords the highest proof of her carriage is turned round, and Mr. Hilton courage, for the sound of the blows on the is informed that he and his “house-folk door of the strong-room is now reverberat- are prisoners, and shall be conveyed as ing through the house, and Mrs. Hilton such to the palace. Old Matadeen Panday recognizes what it means; but still she was enorinously pleased at this seizure, continues to press on the man, and now he because he thought he would be able now has reached the corner where the staircase to plunder the bank easily and thoroughly. turns almost at right angles. He glares Imagine then his chagrin, his disappointup at her and shakes the knife at her even ment, his rage, his fury, when on reaching more ferociously than before, and then, the bank house he finds that its treasuresnarling out some terrible terms of abuse room is not only in the hands of the mob, which she does not understand, shouts out, but that it has been almost completely “I will bring some others with me, and emptied out. He pours forth the vials of we will then cut your throat,” disappears his wrath on such of the men as he sees round the angle. Mrs. Hilton moves without; calls them thieves and robbers, slowly up the staircase, keeping an eye rogues and rascals; and then, not thinking behind her; but the moment she has it worth while to enter into a struggle for reached the landing she and the girls fly the poor gleanings of the treasure-vault, be into the adjacent drawing-room, across it marches his men away. into the adjoining bedroom, across that It seems like a dream to the Hiltons 'to into the verandah beyond, and then down find themselves dismounting at the gate. the back staircase. And when they have way of a large square enclosure in the gained the bottom of the staircase, im- palace; to find themselves passing through agine the delight of the wife when she it; to find themselves conducted across a beholds her husband, the delight of the dirty courtyard, and ushered into a long, daughters when they behold their father, dirty apartment, and there to find themturning the corner of the house. Mr. Hil- selves face to face with the very last man ton had met with no adventure; he had they should have expected to see there simply been extruded from the bank par. Mr. Melvil. He, the local monarch and lor; had waited a little until he had been king, in such a situation! A few hours ago joined by some of the principal clerks, it would have seemed inconceivable. Mr. who, to his joy, had brought away some Melvil questions them eagerly about all of the principal books; then, seeing the they have gone through. “ Was it not strong-room forced, he was coming round strange that I should actually have to use to this back staircase in order to make his my husband's hog-spear? way to the upper rooms to his wife and Hilton. She forbears from saying, “ You children, whom he too was now overjoyed see there was a disturbance in the city to see.

after all.” A glance at Mr. Melvil's face They all hasten together towards the has shown her how deeply he feels his stables. The numerous servants, and present situation. Mr. Melvil condoles their wives, and their numerous children, with them - condoles with Mr. Hilton are all standing out in front of the offices. about the loss of the money in the bank's The horses are just being put to. The strong-room. carriage is now ready. They have got in “But you say the books were saved ?' and driven off. They have reached the Yes, the principal ones. I hope none gateway that leads into the English quar- of them may be injured. The mob came ter. Here there comes a sudden stoppage. for the money.' It comes from a party of sepoys, at the

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for then. He seems to be collecting the own personal surroundings have always information for official purposes; and such been characterized by an extreme plainis indeed the case. Reports” form a Upholstery had no charms for leading feature in official life in India. him. He was not deeply affected by the Mr. Melvil was a great hand at writing color of a cup. The form and fashion of them. He will have to send in a report of his teapot and his sideboard, and the rela. the occurrences of to-day, in which the tionship between the two, were matters of plunder of the bank must occupy a promi. no moment to him. For him the harmony nent place. He is already planning that of the spheres did not lie in the harmony report in his mind. But in the midst of between curtain and carpet. He would all his enquiries breaks forth this impa. have considered our modern æsthetical

“ That I should be in here now young man a very despicable fellow. He when I ought to be out in the city giv- had been accustomed to dress roughly and ing orders, commanding and directing. live roughly - in camp fashion. That That I should be condemned to inaction camp life had shown him how little a man on such a day as this.” The angry com- really needs. (We have already noted plaint is repeated over and over again, in how plain living was the rule of life with various forms. He was an able and ambi- Lennox's friend and cousin, William Hay, tious man. But it was not of himself alone too. But with Lennox it was purely natuthat he was thinkiog, not only of the loss ral, a matter of constitution; with Hay of a chance of distinction. He knew that artificial, in the sense that it was not so the want of his guiding hand this day much due to natural inclination as to early might be productive of the most serious inculcation and example, to its being consequences to his countrymen and the placed before him and chosen by him as government of which he was so devoted a the preferable thing. The feminine del

For the admiral to be absent icacy of his temperament rather inclined from the fleet, the general from the army, Hay to fastidiousness, made him desire on the day of action - it was terrible. everything about him, in his surroundings, Mr. Melvil paces continually up and down as in his conduct, to be delicate, and nice, the room in his excitement. “ That I and proper.) But now Lennox has to take should be in here on such a day as this !" thought for these things. In the remote

frontier station to which he expects and desires to return there is very little of

what he wants to be got, and it is not easy. INTO THE LION'S DEN.

to transport things to it. He has to order HAY, being the officer on duty for the many things for the home he desires to week, had to take the main part of his prepare for May Wynn out from England. establishment of servants down to the He would very much rather put the whole quarters at the Jumoo Gate. Lennox had business into May's own hands, and give settled, therefore, to return to his own her carte blanche. He will do so as far as temporary home in the adjoining native he can. But she might be diffident in State on this Monday too. But it is hard carrying out the task; might consider to part with the girl you love a couple of what he deemed only fitting for her exdays after you have become engaged to travagant. There were some things he her. He really has had only one day with must buy himself. He meant to buy for her, he argues with himself, for Sunday is her the most beautiful Arab horse within a dies non. He must have one more even- reach, no matter what the cost of him may ing ride with her, one more moonlight be. He himself loved a good horse, stroll. And so something turns up that though he did not care for teapots, and to makes it really absolutely necessary for see May's beautiful figure on a beautiful him to remain in Khizrabad one day more horse was one of the chief pleasures he to stay over Monday.

looked forward to. He has seen his lady-love home from And he has something to do at once in the parade-ground, and as he leans back connection with his marriage. He has to in an easy.chair in Hay's quiet, deserted write and announce it, and describe May bungalow after his return, she occupies Wynn to his best friend - his mother. the whole of his thoughts for a good while the relationship between him and his

And when he has turned his mother had always been very close and thoughts away from her personally, it is dear and intimate. There was a great still in connection with her that he must similarity between them. It often hapcontinue to think. He has to arrange for pens that a man may derive his stronger, the furnishing of their future home. His more masculine characteristics from his

CHAPTER XXIII.

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mother, his softer and more feminine önes , engender. And then those doubts and from his father. Philip Lennox was in difficulties present themselves to him in deed the son of his mother. It was from a new light. How was his statement of her that he had derived his large, strong them likely to affect the relationship just frame, his regular features, aod his lofty, established between himself and Mr. austere, unbending character. He had Wynn and his daughter? Would it horrify been loved as the only son. As so often them very much? Would it shock and happens, his mother had looked to him for distress May very much? Suppose he that complete satisfaction of her love and found it impossible to overcome those pride, which she has not derived from her doubts and difficulties, how would it affect husband. And, more fortunate than most their relationship? He had hitherto conmothers, she had not been disappointed. sidered the matter only, as it were, from She had received of love enough ; the love an abstract point of view, as one apperof the mother and son for one another taining not to this world ; but now he sees was the deeper because that was a com- that it is not only a matter of choice but modity they did not, owing to the auster- of necessity, of right, that he should make ity of their characters, share much with known these doubts to Mr. Wynn and to others, peither receiving it from, nor be- May. Then he begins to think of the apstowing it on, many. And her pride, too, pearance of the troops on parade that had received high gratification. Her son morning. A born soldier, that is a sight had not yet written his own despatch, as that interests him always. He had watched he told her he meant to do, but he had the set-up of the three different regiments been mentioned in many an one. He had attentively this morning; made an estialready made a name for himself. Her mate of their respective fighting power. weak, kind-hearted, amiable husband hav- While he is so thinking one of his sering lost them their estate, had taken it to vants comes rushing in, and cries out in heart so much as to die, leaving his young a loud voice, “Sir! Cherisher of the poor ! widow in very straitened circumstances. the sepoy regiments have mutinied ! Philip Lennox knew what privations his “ What!” says Lennox, raising himself mother had undergone for his sake, to up a little from his easy, lounging attitude. launch him properly in the world.

“The sepoy regiments have mutinied !It had been his pride and his joy to " What, all three?" make amplest return for this. It had been " Yes; all three. Both the sepoy regi. but a few months before that he had in- ments and the cavalry regiment also.” sisted, now that she was getting so old, “ But there is no cavalry regiment here, on her keeping a carriage. For some time man void of understanding." past she had been urging him to marry. “ At Abdoolapore." She should leave the world happier if she Oh, at Abdoolapore,” says Lennox, knew that she had not left him in it alone his voice less sharp, more indifferent. and solitary: Probably she understood “ But they are here!

cries the man, also the need of a softening influence in that tone of indifference making him raise his life. And now he has to write and his own voice still higher. tell her of his engagement. However glad It was not Abdula the Afreedee, Lenshe may be to hear this it must have a sad nox's own body-servant, that fierce-lookside for her, too. He would now be part. ing, fierce-tempered young fellow whom ing from her; "for this cause shall a man so many wondered at his keeping about leave father and mother and cleave unto him, as one might wonder at any one his wife.” And then he has to describe keeping a wild cat instead of a tame one, May Wynn to her. How is he to give any a young lion in place of a dog - he would description of her excellencies of mind and not have been agitated, unless pleasurably, body and soul, of person and intellect and by such news — - but another. character, which will not be deemed raptu. Here !” says Lennox. rous and exaggerated, sober and exact and Yes; they have got into the city, below the mark as he may know them to and be? He recalls her sweet face as he had There is plenty of excitement in Len. seen her first this morning, seated by the nox's voice now as he gets swiftly up and side of her father. And then, somehow, exclaims, “ Got into the city! Good the father's face rising up with the daugh. God!" ter's, he remembers his intention of con. “ Was there no information of their sulting Mr. Wynn about certain religious coming ?” he asks, as he pushes back the difficulties with which he was troubled, chair. and which a residence in India is apt to “ I do not know. But all the regiments

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wild western frontier had inade the fierce • Order my horse," says Lennox as he men about him very silent, very prompt in moves into the adjoining bedroom-he their obedience, elated though they might has been sitting in Hay's pretty little be at the thought that it meant woe to the drawing-room- in order to put on his enemy. coat and get his hat.

“If they are coming, their doing so In a few ininutes Leopox is thundering ought to have been needless. Forty miles ! along the roads leading down to the Jumoo Why, these mutinous scoundrels should Gate. His noble, coal-black steed is not not have been allowed to get ten miles puzzled and fretted as he was three morn- away from the place. Why, there is a ings before by alternate loosening and whole regiment of English cavalry there tightening of the reins — by being al. a troop of horse artillery. Mark my words, lowed to bound forward one moment and if they have not come already they are thrown back on his haunches the next. not coming at all. If the brigadier is To-day, from the moment when he had counting on this he is making a inistake. bounded forward at topmost speed respon- I must get to him and tell him so. He sive the sharp pressure of his master's ought to have marched down into the city unarmed heels, to the one blow of the himself with all the force at his command whip, enough for him with his fiery tem- he ought to have brought the Grena. per, there had been nothing but a free diers.” head and a flowing rein. He might de- “ I suppose he does not wish to leave vour the road to the top of his bent. Men the cantonment defenceless." tumble out of his way as he goes flying by. “He ought to have placed himself at And now the sparks are flying from under once in touch with these fellows, and never his mighty hoofs as they fall on the iron lost touch of them. They may play the bolts and bars of the drawbridge at the very devil in the city.” Jumoo Gate, for not even here is his “But why do you think our men from progress stayed, not until he has passed Abdoolapore are not likely to come at through the outer gate and dashed into the all ? " enclosure between it and the inner one. “ Because old Heaviside is in command Then he is pulled up. (As it was known there. I saw him when he was up at that Hay was not at his bungalow to-day, Peshawar. They soon removed him from the official summons to hasten to the lines there. He is now nothing but stomach; had not been carried to it as it had been cares for nothing but eating, unless it be to the bungalows of the other officers. his rubbers of whist. He can hardly The bungalow stood in a remote part of mount a horse. He has no go, no energy, the station. Hay's servants had left for no decision. I must get up to the brigathe Jumoo Gate early in the morning: dier. I wish I had put on my uniform at Thus it had happened that the strange and once. I must go back for it. But I must unexpected “local news of this morning first do what I came down here for : get had reached it and Lennox so very late.) May and her father out of the city:

When Lennox got to the Jumoo Gate, “I have written to Mrs. Fane that she the Gillies' Regiment, so called after the had better come here with the girls.” man who had raised it nearly a century This letter never reached them. “I would before, had passed through the gateway; go for them, but of course I cannot leave had passed out of the service of the Com. my post. pany to which it had proved so faithful for No; but I can call for them on my way a bundred years ; had mutinied; had slain back with the Wynns.” its officers, and the terrible news had “Will you, old chap? That would be been sent up to the brigadier in canton- very good of you." ments.

" Yes. All the women and children It may be imagined with what excite. should be got out of the city at once. ment Hay communicates the intelligence Parties should be sent for them.” of all that has happened ; with what ex- “We have no one to send,” says Hay, citement Lennox receives it; with what glancing towards his own men with their excitement they discuss the situation. sullen, lowering looks, glancing across the

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have about one something that would ward • I shall be very glad to see them safe off the sudden blow of a club, the sudden on their way to the cantonment. I have slash of a sword, that would serve as a been in a terrible state of mind for the life-preserver; and this crop served these past half-hour,” says Hay. “But you purposes very well. have no weapons, Phil. The scoundrels “It is only a few minutes' ride, at the of the 66th have moved on to the city, but pace I intend to go.” there are crowds of ruffians on the roads. When Lennox passes out of the gate. You can hear them yelling and shouting. way he does not take the road along which They may possibly attack you, delay you. the regiment had marched, but one to the I wish you had your pistols or your sword left, one leading directly into the English that sword.”

quarter. The pace he intends to go is the Lennox had made his name at his dis. utmost speed of his horse. He does not tant dangerous outpost not merely by the choose the softer sides of the road, seek force of his will and his intellect, but also the shade of the trees, but goes straight by the force of his strong right arm. In down the hard, wide, burning centre. He repelling the incursions into his own terri. comes to the corner of a bazaar where the tory, in conducting the punitive expedi- road is blocked by a crowd of men. The tions into that of the enemy, he had to do crowd is stationary, and facing his way, a great deal of the actual fighting as well looking towards the important gateway he as all the generalship. He had to be fore- has just come from. There is a most in the attack as well as foremost in ment in the crowd, a closer compacting the pursuits, those long-sustained, unre- into the middle of the road as if to stop lenting pursuits which had tended to make him; but Lennox does not draw rein, and his name feared as much as had his fiery his horse passes through the crowd like onslaughts. The official piece of iron pro- an “eight-oar” through a mass of foam. vided by the military outfitter was not Abuse and execration - they may send suited for such work as this. Lennox had that after him if they will. Again, a glartherefore had a sword specially made for ing, straight, open length of the road, soon himself of choicest metal, a long, straight, passed over, and now he has to turn a cavalry sword, equally good to cut or sharp corner, and as he does so he finds thrust with. It has been mentioned al- himself almost on the top of a group of ready, I think, that Lennox had with much children — boys. He has to tighten rein, difficulty prevented the formation - or, to pull up dead. They scatter with a yell rather, the extension beyond the original of peculiar shrillness; they keep running members - of a sect calling itself by his even when far beyond reach of the horse's name and paying him divine worship. hoofs, as if they were fleeing from Len. The supernatural virtue that was held to nox's presence, as if they feared a pursuit attach to him personally was also held to from him, as if he had detected them in reside in this famous blade. It was held the commission of a crime. Such indeed to be of ethereal temper. See how it went was their fear, as Lennox understands through limb and body, as if they were when he sees the object round which they made of butter and not of flesh and bone ! had been gathered, an object which preIts Aash meant death as surely as the vents him

from immediately continuing his gleam of the sword of Azrael. This was course. There in the middle of the road, the weapon Hay referred to.

with the vivid sunshine on the lifeless "Oh, Monarch will carry me through face, lies the body of a man in English any crowd we are likely to come across, dress. Lennox recognizes the body as and I do not think I shall need anything that of an old Eurasian clerk in one of the more than this,” and he holds up the public offices. The poor old man had hunting-crop in his hand. It is an ordi- evidently been on his way to his office, for nary hunting-crop, but Lennox had chosen at some distance further down the road one with a very heavy metal handle, and stands his palanquin carriage. The horse he had strengthened the junction of that has been taken out of it, and one man is with the stick or stem, and he had had the walking off with him and the whip, while whole of the stem from handle to loop others are removing the cushions out of covered with a coil of fine brass wire, as the carriage, round which a large group of the natives often cover their sticks and men is standing. Lennox sees that they clubs, not only to ornament, but strengthen are armed with swords and spears, as well them. Always to ride about his district as with the usual heavy lethal club. (It is armed would bave been a slur on his own a band from the Devil's Quarter.) He can

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