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He stopped a hansom and drove the last time. As if fate were deterto Harley Street.

mined to pile things up, something haul The doctor was at home. He did gone wrong of a business nature in the not appear to think that much was the afternoon, and added to his worry. He matter with Mr. Falkland.

knew that he ought to be in London “You want a change,” he said. “If for the next day or two, and going you could go abroad for a month or away on a honeymoon was inconventwo, with

cheerful companion of your ient. It made him quietly impatient own sex, you would probably find your even to think of it. But he felt that it self quite well again.”

would be so discourteous to her to put “ I have been making arrangements it off, and he hated discourtesy. So he to live in the country and to come up did not say a word to Miss Glenny about every day."

the matters that were troubling him; “ A mistake,” the doctor answered but his manner was preoccupied and decisively. “ You will find the wear abrupt, and, though she tried not to and tear of the daily journey try you a show it, she was hurt. It was almost good deal, and the dead leaves and mo- a relief when he rose to go. Then she notony of the country in winter will strugyled with the situation. depress you. London is the best place “George," she said, miy

dress came for a temperament like yours.”

home this afternoon. It looks subducd “I am going to marry,” Mr. Falk- and proper - a sober grey silk for your land said, half hesitating.

spinster of sober years turned bride." "Humph !"

" That's right,” he said ; and looked “Or I might have gone to Switzer- at her absently through his pince-nez. land with an old friend this autumn." There was no enthusiasm in his voice.

". That would have been excellent “Is Mr. Barlow coming to see me far better than marriage.”

this evening ?" “It is too late to put it off,” Mr. “No; he thought you might like 10 Falkland said ; and felt bewildered as be left alone.” Perhaps his voice he walkeil away. For if he was not to betrayed something; for she asked live in the country, why was he doing quickly :it at all? It was because Miss Glenny “ Is he sorry that you are going to be -- because they both — had wanted to married ? " get away from London that they had “He didn't say so," Mr. Falkland agreed to marry. But, if he was forced answered cautiously ; " but it would be to stay in London, naturally she must natural, I suppose. He had had an do so too; and she might be sorry. It idea that we — he and I - might have was very puzzling. He felt as if he gone to Switzerland this autumn and were selling his freedom for a mess of done some climbing." pottage ; worse as if, for no reason “ You told me you didn't like going at all, he were giving himself to a abroad,” she said, with something like gaoler, a gentle, kindly one, but still a dismay. gaoler, who would hold the key that “Not your sort of going abroad,” he made his life a prison. But it was too answered. “We should have smokeil late to alter things. The marriage and walked all day.” must go on.

He determined not to tell “I could walk all day, and should her what the doctor had sairi, lest he like it." should make her uncomfortable. But “ Two men get about better." The he felt strongly that this was beguiling clock on the mantelpiece struck seven. her into marriage under false pre-,“ Look here; I must be off. That oll tences, and entering upon it himself chap will be back soon." His face under conditions for which he had not lighted up as he spoke of his friend. bargained.

** I dare say we shall talk half through He went to tea alone with her for the night.”

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“ We never talk very much,” she was married. The bridegroom had to said. He hesitated for a moment, as if go back to the country inn at which puzzled.

he was staying. Before he started he “ He and I have been friends so long and her sister had stood in the moon- and — well, I think two men have light for a moment outside the little always more to say to each other than a door that opened on to a short cut man and a woman. They have more across the field. “Good-bye, my darthings in common.” He looked at the ling," that lover had said ; "it will clock as he spoke, as if anxious to get never be good-bye any more ; ” and he away. Then suddenly she put out her took her in his arms and kissed her, hands to him.

and did not care one single straw - George,” she said, “are you sure whether Margaret witnessed it or not. that you want to be married - that you And when he had gone a step or two care about me? I am not very happy," he came back and kissed her again, and she added piteously; and the tears called her endearing names, and swore came into her eyes.

to make her happy all her days, and Why, what is the matter ?” he told her that he should count the hours asked, surprised and afrail lest she till the morning, and then, as if with were going to make a scene.

a mighty effort, drew himself away and • Nothing - nothing,” she said ; and disappeared quickly along the pathhis calmness made her ashamed of her way. vehemence. “Only, sometimes I think Her own parting to-night had been we are making a mistake that we different. She felt as if Mr. Falkland should have been wiser to have gone had grown tired of the engagement on living in our respective flats, or in as if he were carrying it out merely two cottages in the country a little apart from a sense of duty. 6. We had from each other — just seeing each better go through with it now," he other sometimes, as we did last win- had said. Perhaps he regardeil it as an

He looked at her wonderingly. obligation he could not shirk, an arWas she, too, repenting ?

rangement it would be foolish to alter. It'll be better to go through with And for this she was changing her it now," he said, as much to himself whole life. She was giving him her as to her. “I dare say it will be all freedom; and her freedom hul been right.”

very precious to her. She had likel · It would be better to break it off, the sense of her own irresponsibility even now, if

so much — the kuowledge that no one 6. No"

- but there was a little hes-could question her or call her to task itation in his voice - “No ; we are not for her goings out and comings in, or children. We shall get along all right, ask her to give an account of her time. I expect."

But this would never be again ; her * Some one have arrived for Mon- wings were clipped. He had shown sieur,” Marie said, entering. " Mon- her quietly, but quite plainly, that sieur Snoxall want to tell you

henceforth her life would be shaped by “ I am coming," he said quickly. him, and not by her own fancy. AlHe seemed thankful for the chance ways in future there would be, “ Can I given him to escape. IIe shook hands do this ?” and “I have done so-andwith Margaret, and then, as if on sec- so." She felt a little desperate, and ond thoughts, kissed her hurriedly, and almost frightened at the thought of the went down-stairs.

fate that to-morrow would overtake When he had gone she realized that her. She had loved George Falkland she had said good-bye to him for the at the beginning of their engagement ; last time — that to-morrow would be she had been prepared to love him very their wedding-day. He had forgotten much, had he expected it; and this to say anything tender about it. She would have made the monotony of the remembered the night before her sister life that was coming sweet. She could






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! "j, But that is wyliat I do not feel,'' still the labels denoting foreign trasei. -she said to hersell as, she sal over the There was one of the hotel at Eur.She empty:!: fireplace, within the pot of thought of the the hute. Perhaps meylow-sweet, in front of it.; "If I \tle, commercial. travelers were sining -could, only think that he careil, sI round it pow, telling their stories in wouldn't mind what, liccliil.". She imagination she went along the roads broke down anel sobbed, and felt Jouely in the forest again, till she came to the and helplesswis; It was a lice prelude to sign-post pointing the way 10 the farm. a wedding-layot She ørept over to the It was at this time of year that she haul sofa, and put her head down into the gone there;..thic late cherries in the pillow anlay very sțill. Presently şlae autumn would be hanging ripe and rel. henrd the street iloor below opeu, am Ilow, free she had been -how unterslut, and a faint hope took possession terod... The wide, world had been lrer of her that lie was coming backus But very own — and she would never know she waited, listening, -and cabling laer that wonderful feeling again.: She had gars, a way, while the clock tickel on 10 go through??, with her marriage. three, minutessi: Then Marie canie, in She wrenched, her thoughts away from syith a tray on which was a little modest it, and lookul at the other label m der meal her last one alone.

Dox. It was one of the hotel at Rouen. 08.,.. Voilà, Madame : votre diner. '1 )[on- She had beon very hapny there, 100, till sieur le pasteur, has just arrivell en she went to see the pepper pol-shaped bas, Monsieur í Suosall tell me they prison in which; poor Joan, haul been like each otller vor, very much,; and wortured, and the old square in which Monsieur le pasteur, is very sorry, that she had been burut. Slae remembered Monsieur Falkland should get married. standing in a corner of the square shivHe never believe in marriage. Ah, it ering, and mechauically, stopping her is, a pity that: Monsieur anık Madame ears, as if through all the centuries she are going to the country to lives for could hear a shriek, She bitted Rouen Monsieur Snoxall say it is never you after that, anıl went on by next train to for Monsieur Falkland, and he get un Iante ; and there she hail, stayed in a happy there. Madame want to be queer lille wooden shanty i mile or alone? I will go i

two along the coast. It lookeit across Miss Glenny sat looking at her din- to Tronville ; and suildenly, one mornnelor, She slid not want to eat itais She ing she determined 10. go_tfiere. In an got up and walked slowly-round the hour she hal departec ou her way, but d'oom in which she hail lived so long. changed her mind, and went to Houteur Her life in it had come to an end. She insteail. ' ". !! . . ! stood before the little square trible on There would be none of tliese yagiwhich the silver ornaments weve usually vies; in future, Lise youkal, be ordered arranged. It was bare now; for they quite differently, and according to the had been packedai There was a door will of a man who liaud never for a muleading from the drawing-room into ment let himself go or led her to believe her bedroom. She opened it and lookeil he loved her better than, the whole in. Over the back of a chair was her worlu s and only for the man who did wedding dress. She remembereil reaid- this was her freexiom worth giving ap. ing somewhere an account, more pictur- Then a great itenderness came over beri esque than accurate, of the execution of and she understood him, -- Ile wanted Mary Queen of Spots, and of how, the to be alone ; he wanted to go on living night before, the black Velvet dress in the life that for forty-four - years bul - which she was to be beheaded was lail been his, that he had grown used to. across a chuir, just as this grey welding that suited liim above all others ;; and dress was now!

he haul unwittingly been drawn into Beside the be there was a large this engagement with her, and was too

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honorable a man, lo shirk it, and too some wheels that had stopped at the kind a ope to let her know the rebel- house a minute before, au 10 turned lion in his leart. She thought of his roumd and went off into the clistance..!! flat and his untidy, tobacco-scented sit- “I think I should like 10, tell you ting-roon. She had not seen it many about it,” Mr. Barlow said ; "and I times ; but she felt tliat it was very , woull rather elo so now, before you precious to him; yet that it would not have a wife, to whom you may feel inexist - neither that nor tlie like of it clined to repeat conti«lencesi, -- in his future. It would have gone It was late when they had finished against all her instincts to have had a their talk, and Mr. Falkland felt no room like that in a well-kept house over better for it. When his friend had arhich she presided. There swept in gone to his room he sat by the empty upon her like, jan; avalanche a tide of fireplace, as Aliss Glenny hasl dong by sympatlay with him, of understanding hers; and then got up and walkeil of the wrenchito-morrow would be to round his room, looking longingly at him, the wrench, away from his old life, every familiar ting it held; and he the books, and the silence, the comfort felt, is she had known lịe did, that he and the restiul loneliness,

was giving away his quiet, his books,She looked at the trunk ngain ; it was that he was changing his whole life for ready packetlo; All things were in it an idea, a mere speculation. Moreover, that she would want, if, for instance, he was about to make himself respons she were starting for Normandy. There sible for another's portion of happiness, would be nothing to do but to close and and le miglit fail to give her any; IIe lock it. Her travelling-cloak and hat woulerod how he could have been so were on the inble at the foot of the rash., In the past winter, when they bed, How wonderful it would be to 'were merely friends, they had each dart off into the open once more - been content; why lad de altereil free – free. It was just cight o'clock. things? It had been pleasant enongh At 8.50 the train, for Dieppe lest Vic-1o go up-stairs and watch her bencing toria. She felt herself trenible from over her work and to think of mang head to foot. Did a bird feel like that things of which it was innecessary to before it took wiug? She went towards speak — pleasant to come back to the the trunk. Tliere was some muslin on quiet. Tomorrow he was going out of the bee. :· She; put it softly over the the quiet, and would never come back wedding dress ou the chair

to it again. Forever in die future there would be a human being with him,

tied to him, belonging to him, looking DOWN-STAIRS the two men sat at to him, taking her portion of weal or their dinner, :; Mr. Barlow's spirits were woe, as it was given to him to deal it not as good as in the morning, and this out. IIe felt ashamed of having broken talk was graver.': Ile apologized for leis in upon her peaceful life.She is 'a jokes ; they hack not been in very good hear woman,''; le said to himself, ': and taste, he saiel. ! " And I'm sure the lady enjoyed her life in her own war; what is charming ; let's drink her health. I a fool I was to meddle with it. We shall uniss, you, of course. A man is shall neither of us be the better for never the same after he is married.:, ) what we are going to do we have - "You were the same."?

been used to freedom too long." 5. Don't let's talk of that," Mr. Bar- It was past midnight. Mr. Falkland low saill, witli i shudder; and he put got up desperately and went to his down his wine unlasted. “. Those years room, but he was, staring wide-awake Were an awful: mistake ; you never with the kuowledge that slowly and knew their history.?? ;' isi

surely neuralgia was coming to torment "No," Mr. Falkland answered ; "I him through the long, dark hours. "I never likedl to ask you questions.' must stop this at any price, he thought, While he spoke he listeneil absently to "even at the risk of a headache to.

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He took a bottle from a wear till the one is exchanger for the shelf, and poured a dose into a glass, turban, and the other for the shaw] thinking, while he did so, of Jack Bar- and veil. At the end of ninety years low's story, which flashed back vividly, the story of these children, or rather upon him. “ It will be all right,” he of their father and mother — the handthought as he turned on his pillow and some young Englishman, whom they drowsiness overtook him. " At any called Hushmat Jung (Glorious in Batrate, we shall get a little spell of the tle), and the beautiful lady, Khair un country — and afterwards — afterwards Nissa (Excellent among Women) — is

Then the greyness came and still remembered in Hyderabad. The gathered over him.

story is so curious and romantic that I

have thought it worth while to tell There was a knock at Miss Glenny's something of it as it really happeneil, door at eight o'clock next morning. and as it is known from our family When Marie opened it she found Snox- papers and family traditions ; and if I all, trembling and agitated.

only had the story-telling powers of Where is Mademoiselle ? " he Scheherezade, I believe that the roasked. The old woman put her hands, mantic loves of Hushmat Jung and back with a motion of despair.

Khair un Vissa would rival many of " Monsieur, I do not know. She is the Arabian Nights' Entertainments. not here."

In the eighteenth century the great “ Not here! I must find her di- Mogul Empire, which in the days of rectly,” Snoxall said ; and Marie saw Akbar could compare in civilization that there were tears in his eyes. with the contemporary England of Eliz" Where is she? Something has hap- abeth, fell to pieces. The viziers, siipened — "

badars, nawabs, and other great officials “I do not know,” Marie repeated, of that empire, possessed themselves too bewildered to notice his manner. of the provinces which their preile" She went away in a cal, last night, cessors had administered, with only an with a big box on the top — it is ex-, occasional pretence at recognizing thie traordinaire. But of

Mon-, authority of their nominal sovereira, sieur

who still held a shadowy court at Delhi. Marie,” said Snoxall, in a scared Whether one or other of these Muhanvoice, and touched her arm, “ Monsieur madan princes, or an adventurer like is dead." LUCY CLIFFORD. Ilyder, should restore the Muham

mailan supremacy throughout India; whether the rise of the Mahratta power foretold the recovery of India for the

Hindoos, or whether the ultimate power From Blackwood's Magazine.

| was to fall either to the French or the JAMES ACHILLES KIRKPATRICK, SOME- English, — this was the question still TIME BRITISH RESIDENT AT THE COURT unsolved when Lord Mornington, bet

ter known by his later title of Lord In the house of Captain Phillipps at Wellesley, went out to India as gorTorquay there is a life-size picture of ernor-reneral in 1798. The English a boy and girl, apparently of the ages Company of Merchants trading to the of four and three, respectively. The East Indies had acquired the soverartist was evidently English, and the eignty of several Indian provinces in faces of the children have an English spite of itself; and while it was still look ; but their dress is Indian ; they protesting with sincerity that it ouly have flowing robes of red or green, desired to carry on its trade without their naked feet are in embroidered any employment of its soldiers other slippers, and their curly hair shows 'than that of self-defence, and had even under their tightly fitting caps braided embodied this declaration in an act of with gold

-caps which Indian children Parliament, they were obliged by the

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