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“Never in my life," said his indolent pose of lazy conHughie. “Look here,” he tentment was gone, and for added, inspired by a sudden moment challenge peeped hope, "perhaps it would be out of his steely eyes. She as well if I stayed at home rose deliberately from the on Tuesday night-eh?” grass, and walked with great
“Quite as well,” said Miss stateliness back to the croquetGaymer candidly. “But I lawn. don't suppose Mildred will let Hughie sat on, feeling slight
You'll be wanted by ly breathless. He had just the wallflowers.”
realised that he possessed & “But not by Joey, appar- temper. ently."
Presently Mrs Leroy com“I don't dance with rotters," pleted sequence
of five said Miss Gaymer elegantly. hoops and retired, followed "I am practically booked up by the applause of an inalready, too. However, if you competent partner, to the apply at once I might give copper-beech. you one." She thought for a She sat down opposite moment. “I'll try you with Hughie, and surveyed him Number Eight."
expectantly. “We had better not settle Well, Hughie ?” she said. at present," said Hughie. “I "Well, Mildred?" should like to have a look “ Well, Hughie ?” round the ballroom before I “I think,” said Hughie, antie myself down in any way. swering the unspoken question, But I'll bear your application “that she wants—slapping!” in mind."
Mildred Leroy nodded her Miss Joan Gaymer turned head sagely. and regarded her companion “Ah!” she remarked. “I with unfeigned astonishment. thought you would say that. He was still sprawling, but Well, I hope you'll do it."
Hughie reviewed the events casionally an early-rising and of the day, more suo, at three energetio young bird would o'clock next morning, sitting utter & tentative chirrupwith his feet on the sill of only to subside, on meeting his open bedroom window, with no encouragement from the bedroom of his boyhood, the other members of the with the old school and orchestra (probably
(probably Trades 'Varsity groups upon the walls Unionists), until a more seas-as he smoked a final pipe onable hour. before retiring to rest.
Hughie had gat on with It was almost dawn. The D'Arcy and Leroy in the velvety darkness was growing billiard - room long after the lighter in texture ; and 00- other men —Joey's clientèleVOL. CLXXXVI. -NO. MCXXVI.
had emptied their glasses and been & trifle sudden. Last gone to bed. There had been night he had driven up to à “ladies' night,” accompanied the door of Manors a masterby fearsome games (of a char- less man, a superior vagabond, acter detrimental to the table) an irresponsible freelance, with between sides captained by hundreds of acquaintances and Joey and another damsel; and never a friend. In twenty-four even after Mildred Leroy had hours this sense of irresponsible swept her charges upstairs, detachment had gone for ever, there had been bear-fighting and the spell of English homeand much shrieking in the life had sunk deep into his passages and up the staircase. being. He felt for the first Then the younger gentlemen time that he was more than had returned, rumpled but a mere unit in the Universe. victoriousto quench their He had turned from something thirst and listen with respect. into somebody. He realised ful deference to any tale that that he had a stake in the the great Marrable might care country—the county-the little to unfold. (The story of the estate of Manors itself; and a Orinoco had
gone round, great desire was upon him to though it had mercifully settle down and surround himescaped the notice of the self with everything that is halfpenny papers.)
conveyed to an Englishman But Hughie had not been here and abroad — especially communicative, though he had abroad-by the word Home. proved an eager and appreci- Then there were the people ative listener to 'Varsity gossip with whom he had come in and athletic “shop.” So the contact that day. They were young men, having talked nearly all old friends, but they themselves to a standstill, had were old friends with new faces. gradually faded away, highly There was Mildred Leroy, for gratified to find the great man instance. He had
half exnot only willing but eager to pected his relations with that listen to their meticulous young matron, the past conchronicles; and Hughie and sidered, to be of a slightly D'Arcy and Leroy, their sym- tender and sentimental nature. posium reduced to companion- Far from it. Her attitude to able limits, had compared notes him was simply maternal—as,
and “swapped lies," as the indeed, it had been, had he Americans say, far into the realised the fact, from the very night.
beginning of their friendship. Hughie's impressions of the A woman always feels motherly day were slightly blurred and towards a man of her own age, confused-at the which let no and rightly, for she is much man wonder. He was accus- older than he is. Oocasionally tomed to fresh faces and new she mistakes this motherly environments, but the plunge feeling for something else, and from yesterday into to-day had marries him - but not often.
Obviously Mildred Leroy now long time. He saw now quite regarded Hughie as nothing clearly that whatever Miss more than an eligible young Gaymer's shortoomings might débutant, the chaperon's nat- be, a tendency to bore her ural prey, to be rounded up companions was not and paired off with all possible them; and that if ever the despatch.
other question should arise, Then there was Joey. Twenty- the difficulty would lie, not in four hours ago he had had no bringing himself to marry Joey, particular views on the subject but in bringing Joey to marry of his ward, beyond
him. (1) The reflection that he Like a sensible man he dewould probably find her“rather cided to let things work thema bore;
selves out in their own way, (2) An idle speculation as to and went to bed. There he whether, if expediency should dreamed that Joey, attired in demand it, he would be able a blue kimono and red slippers,
, to bring himself to marry was teaching him to dance the her.
Two Step to a tune played by Well, twenty-four hours is a the engines of the Orinoco.
(To be continued.)
The Trumpeter had not got 80 invaluable in an adminis
so a trumpet, nor could he indeed trator, the faculty of always have sounded it if he had. In getting what he wanted. He point of fact, he was not a was not one of the sort who trumpeter at all. In recogni- take "no" for
answer tion of good and plucky service readily. He would cajole the rendered at a time of life when most cantankerous warrantthe rising generation seldom officer in the Army Ordnance enjoys a chance of playing the Department into disgorging man, he had, as soon as it was treasures, the presence of which practicable under the rules of in the store was known only the service,- to wit, on his to the initiated. He knew how reaching the age of eighteen to extract a Cape-cart load of years,
been created bombar- compressed fodder out of a dier. He had arrived in the quartermaster - sergeant who subcontinent a year and a half
year and a half five minutes before had assured before, a small and rather deli- a brigadier-general that there cate-looking fair-haired lad; was not a bale within seventy but he had speedily proved miles. Had he been in Ladyhimself to possess a heart of smith and not outside of it, he well over regulation - size in would assuredly have emerged rough-and-tumble times on the from the ordeal as plump as Tugela, and open-air life in the the proverbial partridge. When saddle had built up a well-knit the Column - Commander took frame around the heart. So him with him to Cape Town that, when the Column-Com- for an outing he made it plain mander brought him along that, although he appreciated with him from a far-off portion the fresh breezes and sunlit of the theatre of war to act as surf of Seapoint, the Mount his orderly in Cape Colony, he Nelson was in his opinion the had developed into a tough and proper place for personages so wiry, light-weight soldier, in- prominent as they were to sensible to
to danger, with honour with their patronage. pretty seat on a horse such as And if he was thwarted he was is not acquired in the riding always conciliatory, well knowschool, and with a fairly ser- ing that he would get his own viceable command of language way in the end.
. for one so young.
Except for the space of a Essentially a man-or per- few weeks, he rode a little, haps one should rather say, & pulling, chestnut mare. He boy - of action, intelligent, could only hold her with diffifearless, and resourceful, he was culty when all was peaceful, useful in any capaoity, but and he could not hold her at organisation was perhaps his all when bullets were on the forte. He possessed that quality wing, for she loved the scent of
battle almost as much as her he could not possibly get on rider did. But when dangers with less than one hundred and thickened, when the enemy twenty; but when his eyes was coming on, and when the were gladdened by the specTrumpeter, a look of sublime tacle of well-stocked lines in purpose on his face, dismounted the depôt he grew grasping, and with his arm through the and he made up his mind then bridle got his carbine to his and there to insist upon & cheek, and when the two of hundred and fifty as a sine qua them thereupon began to waltz non. For if he got, say, eighty, round and round each other, there would be a reserve which she mad for a gallop and he would assuredly come in useful intent only on discharging his before long. weapon in some direction or The Remount Officer was at other provided that he did one end of his lines. He was not hit the mare-well, the arrayed in a pink shirt and Column staff, throwing all re- chocolate-coloured creations by gard for appearances to the Tautz; his orimson face did not winds and a prey merely to the go well with the pink shirt. over-mastering instinot of self- He had in his hand a hunting preservation, used to go to crop which looked as if it had ground and hope that he would
come out of the Ark, and the get his round off quickly and intelligence which he had to have done with it.
impart turned the heart of the How he came to change his Column - Commander to stone. charger for a season was after “Awfully sorry, Colonel,” he this wise. The Column was on exclaimed cheerily, “but you've
, one occasion returning to the drawn blank this time. Fact railway line to "refit," and is - General French was here only a short march had there yesterday. He planted himself fore been left for the last day in front of me with his feet a for it to reach its destination. little apart, and he wagged On getting in early in the fore- his stick at me to emphasise noon, the Column-Commander his remarks till, 'pon my
, forthwith headed for the Re- word, I thought I was going mount Depôt to pick up what to get the jimjams, – it was was to be had there, taking not what he said so much as the Trumpeter with him. Now, the way he said it. every soldier of experience is account whatever am I to aware that the proper course allow one single remount to to pursue in the service is to go out of the lines till always demand double what General D— is filled up; you want, because there is at old D— is due to-morrow, least a sporting chance of your and says he wants ninety. getting half of what you ask After that P-'s Column is for. The Column needed sixty to have its little lot-a hundred horses to make it up, and its and ten he has the assurance chief contemplated presenting to ask for; he makes me tired, an ultimatum to the effect that does. Honour bright, I