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She walked across the room shouldn't you? The child has and began to gaze down into to live in quite a small waythe street with her back to not really poor, you know, but Hughie. Her husband, evi- hardly as an heiress ought to dently struck with the suita- live. You give her surprisbility of this attitude, rose and ingly small interest on her joined her.
- didn't “The fact is, Hughie,” began you, Jack ?” Mrs Leroy, staring resolutely Captain Leroy made no reply, at the house opposite, “Jack but the deep shade of carmine and I want to talk to you like on the back of his neck said a father and mother, and I can “Sneak!” as plainly as posdo it more easily if I look the sible.
“And you know he would “ Same here," corroborated be the last to say anything Leroy gruffly.
against you — wouldn't you, Hughie started, and surveyed Jack?” the guilty-looking pair of backs “Rather!” said Leroy, in a before him with an uneasy sus- voice of thunder. picion. Surely he was not go- “Hughie,” said Mrs Leroy, ing to be treated to a third turning impulsively, “won't variation on the same theme! you confide in me ?
“Go on, Jack !” was Mrs Hughie kicked a coal in the Leroy's next remark.
grate in his usual fashion, and “Čan't be done, m'dear,” sighed. replied the gentleman, after an “I can't, really," he said. obvious effort.
“Faot is, old man,” broke in “Well, Hughie,” continued Leroy, in response to his wife's Mrs Leroy briskly, “as this appealing glancos, “we didn't coward has failed me, I must want to say anything at all, say it myself. I want to tell but the missis thought it best you that people are talking." considerin' the way people
“Ursula Harbord, for in- are talkin', and all that. Can stance," said Hughie drily. I be of any use ? Been specu
“Yes. How did you know?” latin', or anything ?”
“She delivered a lecture to “No, Jack, I haven't,” said me this morning Glave me to Hughie shortly. understand that she darkly Mrs Leroy gave a helpless suspects me of being a knave, look at her husband, and said and made no attempt to con- desperately: ceal her conviction that I am But, Hughie, we can't leave & fool.”
things like this! You simply "Well, of course that's all don't know what stories are nonsense,” said Mrs Leroy to a going about. It is ruining fly on the window-pane; “but your chances with Joey, too. really, Hughie, with all the She thinks you are a noodle." money that her Uncle Jimmy “I know it," said Hughie. left her, you ought to be able “Well, look here," said Leroy, to give Joey more than you do, “can't you give us some sort
of explanation-some yarn we drawn duoks off & pond, "what could put about the place to have you done? Tell us !” account for this state of Leroy followed his wife things
across the room. “Get it off “What state of things ?” your chest, old man," he said, , said Hughie doggedly. He with the air of a father conwas in an unpleasant temper. fessor.
“Well, Hughie,” said Mrs Hughie smiled gratefully. Leroy, keeping hers, “here is He took Mrs Leroy's two hands Joan, known to have been left into one of his own, and laid a lot of money for her imme- the other on Jack Leroy's diate use—she admits it her shoulder. self-living quite humbly and “Jack and Milly,” he said cheaply, and obviously not well earnestly—“my two pals !-I off. People are asking why. would rather tell you than There are two explanations anybody else; but — I simply given. One, the more popular, can't! It's not my secret! is that you have embezzled or You'll probably find out all speculated the money all away. about it some day. At present The other, which prevails I must ask you to accept my among the élite
that I'm not 80 “The people who are really black as I'm painted.” in the know, you know,” ex- “Hughie,” said Mrs Leroy, plained Leroy.
"you are simply stupid ! We "Yes: they say," continued have not come to you out of his wife, “that Joan won't idle curiosity-" marry you, 80 you have re- “I know that,” said Hughie taliated by-by
heartily. “By cutting off supplies,”
“ And I think you might suggested Hughie.
give us some sort of an inkling “Yes, until"
-a sort of favourable bulletin “Until she is starved into —that I could pass on to Joey, submission-eh?"
at any rate “That's about the size of it, “Joey !” said Hughie inold son," said Leroy.
voluntarily ; “Lord forbid !” There was a long pause.
Mrs Leroy, startled by the Finally Hughie said:
vehemence of his tone, paused; “Well, it's a pretty story; and her husband added debut, honestly, I'm not in a jectedlyposition to contradict it at “ All right, old man! Let's present.”
drop it! Sorry you couldn't Mrs Leroy desisted from see your way to confide in us. plaiting the window - cord, Wouldn't have
gone any swung round, walked deliber- further. Rather sick about ately to the fireplace, and laid the whole business—eh? No a hand on Hughie's arm. wonder! Money is the devil,
“Hughie,” she said, in tones anyway." which her husband subse- Somehow Leroy's words hit quently affirmed would have Hughie harder than anything
that had been said yet. He deliberate and portentously wavered. After all
solemn tones of a man who is “We've bought the hat, and three parts drunkI'm perfectly ravenous,
“I understand you have got nounced Joan, appearing in the a party on here." doorway. “And we've brought “Yes,” said Hughie, enMr D'Aroy. Hughie, are those deavouring to edge his visitor plover's eggs? Ooh!”
through the doorway. This was no atmosphere for “What I want to say,” conthe breathing of confidential tinued Mr Gaymer in rising secrets. The party resumed tones, " is that I acouse you of its usual demeanour of off-hand embezzling my sister's property, British insouciance, and began and I'm going to make things to gather round the luncheon- damned hot for you. Yes— table. Only Mr D'Arcy's right you! Go and tell that to your eyebrow asked a question of luncheon party round the Mrs Leroy, which was answered corner ! ” he concluded with a by a slight but regretful shrug snort. “ And — glug - glugof the shoulders.
Hughie's apartment was L- By this time he had been shaped, and the feast was judiciously backed into the spread in the smaller arm, out passage, almost out of earof the way of draughts and shot of those in the room. doorways. Consequently any Simultaneously Mr Goble's one entering the room would large hand closed upon his fail to see the luncheon-table mouth from behind, and havunless he turned to his left ing thus acquired a
a good and walked round a corner. purchase, turned its Hughie was helping
helping the deftly round and conducted plover's eggs—it is to be feared him downstairs. that Miss Gaymer received a Death-like silence reigned at Benjamin's portion of the same the luncheon - table. Hughie -when Mr Goble suddenly wondered how much they had appeared at his elbow and heard. Not that it mattered whispered in his ear
greatly, for Master Lance's ac“Him again!”
cusations, making allowances Muttering apology, for alcoholic directness, parHughie left the table and took very largely of the walked round the corner to the nature of those already levother arm of the room. Lance elled at Hughie by more con. Gaymer had just entered. His ventional deputations. face was flushed and his eyes Before returning to his seat, glittered, and Hughie's half. Hughie crossed to the window uttered invitation to him to and looked down into the come in and have some lunch street. died away upon his lips.
Mr Lance Gaymer was being “Hallo, Lance !” he said assisted into a waiting hansom lamely.
by the kindly hands of Mr Guy Mr Gaymer replied, in the Haliburton.
Hughie, having seen all he Fill up your glass, Miss Harexpected to see, returned with bord! No heel-taps, Milly!” faltering steps to his duties as There
irrelevant a host.
bonhomie about this whole It was a delicate moment, speech which struck exactly calling for the exercise of the right note.
Mrs Leroy much tact. Even Mildred glanced gratefully at her Leroy hesitated. Joan had husband, and lifted her glass. flushed red, whether with The others did the same. shame, or anger, or sympathy, But it was Joan who spoke hard
Mr first. D'Arcy regarded her curi- Hughie !” she cried, with ously.
glowing eyes. But heavy-footed husbands “Hughie !” cried every one. sometimes rush in, with suc- “Good health!” cess, where the most wary
In the times of our prosperity and diplomatic wives fear to our friends are always critical, tread. Jack Leroy cleared frequently unjust, generally a his throat.
nuisance, and sometimes utterly “Now Hughie, my son,” he detestable. But there is no observed, “when you've quite blinking the fact that they done interviewin' all your pals are a very present help in on the door-mat, perhaps you'll trouble. give your guests a chance. Hughie suddenly felt himWith so many old friends col- self unable
to speak. He lected round your table like bowed his head dumbly, and this, we want to drink your made furious onslaught health, young-fellow-my-lad! upon a plover's egg.
(To be continued.)
A FORGOTTEN CHAPTER IN SCOTTISH HISTORY.
BY A PHILOSOPHICAL RADICAL.
ONE of the most remarkable ence, Abundance, Equality, and
, features in political history is Security.
Security. Upon these the change which has taken foundation Bentham sought to place in the Liberal party on reconstruct the creed of prothe question of property, par- gress
under the name of ticularly in land. In order to Philosophio Radicalism, . realise the greatness of the Everything, however, dechange it is necessary to in- pends on which of these prindulge in
a short historical ciples receives priority. The retrospect. After the chaos French Revolutionists fixed produced by the French Rev- upon Equality, and the result olution, English political think- was Pandemonium. Bentham ers of an advanced type felt had no wish to repeat the it necessary to reconsider their
errors of the early Radicals, political creed. Rousseau with so he made the fundamental his Social Compact, and Paine principle of the new creed not with his Rights of Man, had Equality, but Security. In his fallen into disrepute, and it own wordswas felt that other and less
“When Security and Equality are unpopular watchwords would
in conflict it will not do to hesitate for need to be found if Liberalism
a moment. Equality must yield. The more to get into first is the foundation of life; subtouch with practical politics. sistence, abundance, happiness, everyJeremy Bentham came to the thing depends upon it. Equality only
produces a certain amount of good. He began by charac- Besides, whatever we may do, it will terising the Rights of Man as never be perfect; it may exist to-day, a “hodge-podge” of fallacies, but the revolutions of the morrow and by holding up to ridicule will overturn it. : ; : If property
should be overturned with the direct the Social Compact. For the intention of establishing an equality old watchwords he substituted of possessions the evil would be irhis famous formula, the great- reparable. No more security, no more
Soest happiness of the greatest industry, no more abundance. number —which, by the way, whence it emerged.”
ciety would return to the savage state he borrowed from Francis Hutcheson. The duty of the Were Bentham alive to-day he legislator, according to Ben- would be able to fortify his tham, was to use the powers political philosophy by means of the State so as to procure of the scientific conception of the greatest happiness of the society as expounded by Sir greatest number. From the Henry Maine as representing point of view of the legislator, the Historical, and by Herbert said Bentham, happiness con- Spencer as representing the sists in four things-Subsist. Evolution school. Differing in