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that isn't much out of all you have to found an institution for broken-down authors 1."

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"Very well," said Eustace; "only you must see about it, I can't be bothered2. By the way," he added, waking up a little, "you remember what the old boy told you when he was dying? I think that starving authors who have published with Meeson's ought to have the first right of election."

"I think so, too," said Augusta; and she went to the buhl writing-table to work out that scheme on paper which, as the public is aware, is about to prove such a boon to the world of scribblers.

"I say, Gussie!" suddenly said her husband. "I've just had a dream!"

"Well!" she said sharply, for she was busy with her scheme; "what is it?"

"I dreamt that James Short was a Q.C., and making twenty thousand a year, and that he had married Lady Holmhurst."

"I should not wonder if that came true," answered Augusta, biting the top of her pen.

Then came another pause.

"Gussie," said Eustace sleepily, "are you quite happy?"

"Yes, of course I am; that is, I should be if it wasn't for those footmen and the silver water-jugs."

"I wonder at that," said her husband.

"Why?"

"Because" (yawn)-"of that will"-(yawn). "I should not have believed that a woman could be quite happy"-(yawn)-"who can never go to Court."

And he went to sleep again; while, disdaining reply, Augusta worked on.

THE END.

1) A broken-down author is incapable of doing any more work, owing to age, infirmity, disease, or any other cause.

2) He would not be troubled or vexed with it. See also p. 190, note 2. 3) The old boy is uncle Meeson.

4) Buhl or buhlwork is artistic work in dark-coloured tortoise-shell or wood, inlaid with brass or other metal, forming scrolls and similar figures. It is so named after the original maker, André Buhl or Boule, an Italian living in France in the reign of Louis XIV.

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augustness of position, 228, 3.
auspicious, 232, 6.
average, 40, 2.

Babes and sucklings (from
the mouth of -), 59, 4.
back seat, 229, 5.

to back water, 112, 4.
balance at a banker's, 168, 2.
balance-sheet, 4, 2.
balks of timber 72, 7.
bang, 202, 4.

bar, 40, 3; 138, 6; 197, 5.
bare, 221, 1.
barrister, 143, 4; 150, 3.
basket easy, 154, 2.
to bate, 17, 3.
to batten, 56, 4.
battered, 94, 2.
to bawl out, 171,
bay (at ), 189, 7.
to beach a boat, 84, 4.
beast (mark of the -),

33,

2.

beauteous, 38, 1

be blowed, 106, 3.

7.

beck and call (to be at

one's —), 55, 5.

beetling cliff, 83, 1.

artistically robed, 151, 8. beggarly, 40, 1

ardent, 122, 6.

5.

as much, 149, 3.

after (to be) 241,
after-thought, 239, 1.
against, 38, 4.
aggrieved, 236, 5.
agreeable (I'm —), 247,5.
ahead of the sea, 82, 2.
air (to take the -), 107, 6.
aisle, 233, 5.
alimony, 171, 4.
all along, 149, 2.
allus (always), 96, 11.

bellying sails, 117, 3.

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to bow one out, 27, 7; by half past three, 159, 1. choleric-looking, 195, 3.

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to coach, 138, 5.

to collapse, 222, 1.

contempt (technical -), currency, 131, 1.
183, 3.

college (to be at -), 150, 1. contempt of court, 173, 2.
collusion, 228, 1.

to

contention, 207, 4.

colour to the eyes, contingency, 202, 6.

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curtain (to draw up the -),

240, 2.
curtsy, 50, 2.
custody, 175, 5.
cut (shape), 20, 1.
to cut one, 54, 6; 56, 5.
to cut one off with a shil-
ling, 16, 3.

to cut out, 21, 4.

cut your stick, 15, 7.

copyright (American -), 'cuteness, 3, 8.

186, 1.

41, 1.

cordage, 118, 5.

to come round (visit), co-respondent, 152, 9.
176, 7.

to come round (of a car- cormorant, 109, 4.

riage), 170, 4.

to come to hand, 9, 1.
to come up to town, 187, 5.
to comment on, 214; 8.
commercial marvel, 1, 2.
commercial terror, 6, 8.
to commit for contempt,
173, 2.
companioned, 233, 3.
companion-hatch, 71, 5.
companion-ladder, 114, 7.
companion-way, 71, 5.
compartment, 72, 4.

corpus vile, 94, 4.

to correct chronometers,
3.

68,

to corroborate, 221, 5.
coruscation, 162, 6.
counterpart, 158, 4.
course (in due -), 81, 3.
course (to shape a -),

81,

1.

court (to go to -), 145, 2.
to cover everything, 100, 1.
cow-hide, 59, 3.

cuttle-fish, 95, 4.

cutter, 80, 2.

cutwater, 72, 6.

Daddie, 111, 7.
dark (the mind becomes-),
199, 2.
dark array, 226, 7.
darkly, 138, 1.
davit, 74, 3.
dead failure, 26, 2.
dead faint, 102, 1.
dead stop, 146, 2.
dead weight, 129, 4.
deal (a −), 72, 9.
to deal with, 159, 7.

to crane forward, 194, 7. deck-chair, 80, 3.
dégagé, 6,

to compound felony, 138, 2. crash, 202, 4.
compromise, 121, 8.
concentrated interest,
199, 3.

to crave one's indulgence,

to concoct a fraud, 223, 4.
confessor (private —),

104, 2.

204,
3.

crest, 37, 1.

to croak (die), 96, 2.
crook (by hook or by―),
34, 1.

3.

delicate questions, 182, 9.
delirious, 244, 7.

to demur, 49, 2.

denial (to take no ―),
50, 1,

to depose, 208, 7.

confound him, 16, 1; 228, 2. cross-examination, 171, 3. deranged, 218, 4.

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dyspepsia, 237, 2.

Earn a living, 42, 1.
earshot (out of —), 74,
to ease the screw, 66,
to ebb, 220, 8.
eccentric, 220, 2.

to echo a sentiment, 106, 9.
editorial paragraph, 133,5.
eh, 159, 6.
elephantine, 237, 5.
emergency, 144, 3.
to empanel a jury, 191, 1.
to emphasise, 179, 3.
to employ officially, 176, 6.
empyrean, 117, 5.
to engross, 22, 1.
enough, 116, 4; 178, 4.
to entrench 174, 2.
entry (to make an -),
156, 2.
'ere, 106, 8.

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to double one's fist, 228, 4. errand (bent on an −), final evidence, 221, 7.

double quick, 17, 8.
doubt (to put beyond -),
128, 5.
doubtful-looking, 180, 2.
down, 67,
1.
dramatic language, 211, 1.
to draw conclusions,
207, 1.

to draw oneself up, 87, 5.
to draw up a scheme,
243, 2.

116, 2.
estate, 167, 8.
etceteraed, 81, 5.
even, 65, 1.
every, 145, 3.
evil one (the -), 151, 9.
examination-in-chief,
210, 4.

exclusive sources, 135, 4.
to execute a will, 22, 2;
101, 1.

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to draw up at a platform, to explode a thing, 63, 1. fixed scale, 243, 8.

128,
3.

drawing-room floor,

136, 7.

drawl, 121, 2.

drawn to (to feel -), 58, 3.
to drift into practice, 153, 1.
to drop off, 87, 4.
to drop past, 120, 5.

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Face (to make a −), 236, 2.
to face one's duty, 174, 5.
facsimile picture, 180, 6.
to fade, 67, 3.

to drop the official, 178, 2. fain, 18, 3; 118, 6.
duffer, 170, 1.

dullard, 229, 3.

dumb show, 203, 1.
2.

dust-cloak, 211,

faint at heart, 206, 7.

fair does and no favour,
106, 4.

fair skin, 6, 1.

to flap in thunder, 118, 9.
fleecy, 85, 5.
flouted, 56, 7.
flunkey, 140, 5.
fly (carriage), 134, 2.
fly in the honey, 186, 2.
fog-dog, 80, 1.
folding-doors, 188, 4.

to

follow certain lines,
210, 5.

to follow suit, 55, 1.

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