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charges brought by zealous the compliment. A Venetian Englishmen against Italy be- who visited England when

more precise and less Henry VII. was on the throne, heinous. Atheism, infidelity, was astonished at the lack vicious conversation, ambitious of affection wherewith English and proud behaviour — these parents regarded their childare the sins which Harrison ren, and English husbands observed in the newly-returned their wives. In no class could Englishman. And presently he trace real human nature or the Italianate Briton, once the passion of love. Thus are devil incarnate, was whittled the insults of untravelled down into a mere fop, a thing Englishmen avenged. Thus of frills and furbelows, of is a

a check given to overantios and gestures, of fan- hasty condemnation. As for tastic speech and affected man. the Italianate Englishman, he ners, not unlike the tourist of seemed a very real monster to to-day who comes back from three generations of men, and Paris with a flat-brimmed hat let it not be forgotten that, on his head and broken Eng- under whatever guise he preslish in his mouth. It is a ently appeared, he owed his strange chapter in the history beginning to John Tiptoft, of international relations, and Earl of Worcester, aooomit seems not a little stranger plished scholar, munificent when we remember that the patron of learning, and the Italians were quick to return Butcher of England.


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As Hughie stood in the dark- Hughie made his way to his ening street a church clock dressing - room, intent

intent upon began to chime. He looked at a bath and shave before his watch.

breakfast, he reflected not It was six o'clock, and he without satisfaction that, had promised faithfully to be despite Joey's prospective fulat Joey's entertainment

entertainment at minations, he had escaped eight! He had good reason something by missing his for his absence, it is true, but & train. reason is not always accepted On his dressing - table he as an excuse.

found a note, addressed to him “I've fairly torn it, this in Joan's handwriting. It time!” he reflected morosely. said

He was right.

Early next morning he ar- DEAR HUGHIE,—To-night at rived at the village station by the dance Mr Haliburton asked the newspaper train, and made me to marry him. Being a his way on foot to Manors. A dutiful ward above all things, sleepy housemaid was sweeping I have referred him to you. out the hall, which was strewn He is coming to see you towith confetti ---some cotillon morrow afternoon—that is, if figures had been included in you are back. I hope you had last night's festivities,--and as a good time in town. J.

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Miss Joan Gaymer, pleas- the previous evening. Joan's antly fatigued after last night's brow was puckered thoughtdissipation, reclined in a canvas fully, and she surveyed the tips chair on the lawn at Manors. of her small shoes, which were She had just finished reading cocked at an unladylike altia letter which had arrived by tude upon a stool in front of the afternoon post. It was her, with a profundity of from her brother Lance, and maiden meditation which was conveyed, probably a good deal perhaps explained by the fact more fully than Hughie him that she had received a proself would have done, the rea- posal of marriage the evening sons for Hughie's absence on before, and was expecting the gas-meter,

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proposer to come and second as one might announce the arhis own motion at any mo- rival of a person to inspect the ment.

To her entered suddenly Jno. Mr Haliburton, who was not Alex. Goble.

the man to show embarrass“Yon felly !” he intimated ment, whether he felt it or not, austerely.

advanced easily into the room. “Mr Haliburton, do you Joan surveyed his straight back mean, John ?” inquired Miss and square shoulders as he Gaymer, hastily letting down passed her, and the corners of her feet.

her mouth twitched, ever so 'Aye. Wull I loose him in little. here?"

Then she looked at Hughie. please. No - I It was her first meeting with

him since his return home that But Cupid's messenger was morning. He had answered gone. Presently he returned, her note by another, saying and, with the air of one intro- that he would be in the library ducing the Coroner to the fore- at five o'clock. There was no man of the jury, announced Mr twitching about his mouth. Haliburton.

closed like

a steel That ardent suitor advanced trap; and he stood with his gallantly across the lawn, and back to the wood fire which taking Joan's hand with an glowed in the grate-it was air of respectful rapture, en- getting on in September, and deavoured to draw its owner cold out of the sun-with abinto the shade of the copper solute stolidity. Joan saw at beech. Joan forestalled his in- a glance that, whatever the tentions by saying at once- difficulties of the position, her

“Come along into the library, guardian's line of action was Mr Haliburton, and we'll see now staked out and his mind what my guardian has to say made up—one way or the other.

She dropped into an armMr Haliburton hinted that chair. there was no hurry, and made “Now, you two," she rea pointed reference to Amaryl- marked encouragingly, “get to lis and the shade; but his un- work! I want to hear what sentimental nymph marched each of you has got to say him briskly across the lawn, about my future. It will be round the corner of the house, quite exciting-like going to a and in at the front door.

palmist!” They crossed the cool, dark The two men turned and rehall, and Joan tapped at the garded her in unfeigned suroaken door of the library. prise. They had not expect“Come in,” said a voice. ed this.

Haliburton began The lovers entered.

swiftly to calculate whether “I have brought Mr Hali- Joan's presence would be a help burton to see you, Hughie,” to him or not. But Hughie remarked Miss Gaymer, much said at once

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“ You must leave us alone, All the woman in her—and she Joan, please! I can't possibly was all woman-answered to allow you to remain.”

the challenge contained in Joan lay back in her chair Hughie's dictatorial attitude. and smiled up at him, frankly Besides, she

horribly mutinous. She had never yet curious. failed, when she so desired, to She heaved a sad little sigh, “manage” a

Hughie and made certain shameless was regarding her stonily; but play with her eyes which she two minutes, she calculated, knew stirred poor Hughie to would make him sufficiently the point of desperation, and pliable.

surveyed the result through She was wrong. At the end drooping lashes with some satisof this period Hughie was still faction. Hughie's mouth was rigidly waiting for her to leave fast shut, and he was breathing the room. Joan, a little sur- through his nose; and Joan prised at his obstinacy, re- could see a little pulse beating marked

in his right temple. (Both of “If you are going to object them, for the moment, had forto — to Mr Haliburton's sug- gotten the ardent suitor by gestions, Hughie, I think I the window.) She would win ought to hear what the objec- through in a moment now. tions are.”

But, alas! she had forgotten “Before you go,” said Hughie a masculine weapon against


" in even tones, “I will tell you which all the Votes for Women one thing—and that should be in the world will avail nothing, sufficient. It is this. There when it comes to a pinch. is not the slightest prospect of Hughie suddenly relaxed his this—this engagement coming attitude, and strode across to off. My reasons for saying so the door, which he held open I am prepared to give to Mr for her. Haliburton, and if he thinks At once, please !” he said proper he can communicate in a voice which Joan had them to you afterwards. But never

heard before, though I don't think he will. Now many men had. will you leave us, please ?”. Without quite knowing why,

Joan was genuinely aston- Miss Gaymer rose meekly from ished. But she controlled her- her chair and walked out of She

determined the room. The door closed to see the matter out now. behind her.




When Joan found herself on hit in the face by a big wave! the lawn again she gasped a This game is not turning out little.

quite as you expected, Joey, “Ooh !” she said breathlessly. my child: the man Hughie is “I—I feel just as if I'd been one up! Still, I'll take it out


of him another time. But- had no time to explain. I was heavens ! ”_she was staring, barely eighteen then." like Red Riding Hood on a his- “It was the old failing—the torio occasion, at a recumbent Marrable wandering tendency," figure in her canvas chair replied her uncle. "I had kept beneath the copper beech it at bay quite easily for close "who on earth is that in my on fifteen years, but it came chair? It'sit's-oh! Joey back very hard and suddenly Gaymer, you've got hysterics! about that time."

' It's—it's—Uncle Jimmy! Uncle “Why?” Jimmy!

My Uncle- “Partly, I think, because Jimmy!

the thing that had kept me Next moment she was at home all those years seemed posing comfortably, a distracted to be slipping away from me.” bundle of tears and laughter, “I wasn't /declared Miss in the arms of Jimmy Marrable. Gaymer stoutly.


Then she "A bit sudden-eh, young reflected. “Do you mean lady?” inquired that gentleman all those silly boys? Was it at last. “I ought to have them?written, I suppose. But I quite “It was,” said Jimmy Marforgot you would all think I was rable. “They not only put dead. Never mind-I'm not!” my nose out of joint but they He blew his nose resonantly bored me to tears." to substantiate his statement. “ You were always worth

Joan, satisfied at last that the whole lot of them put he was real, and greatly re- together, dear,” said Miss lieved to find that she was not Gaymer affectionately. suffering from hysterical delu

knew that, replied sions arising from Hughie's Jimmy Marrable modestly, brutal treatment of her, in- “ but I wasn't quite sure if quired severely of the truant you did. I saw that for the where he had been for the last next two or three years you

would be healthily and innoJimmy Marrable told her. cently employed in making It was a long story, and the fools of young men, and shadow of the copper beech had could well afford to do without perceptibly lengthened by the your old wreck of an uncle. time the narrator had embarked The serious part would not at Zanzibar for the port of come until you grew up to be Leith. They had the garden of a marriageable age. So I de

. to themselves, for the Leroys cided in the meanwhile to treat were out.

myself to just one last potter “I don't want to hear any round the globe, and then, in more adventures, because I'm a couple of years or so, come simply bursting with ques- home and assume the onerous tions, said Miss Gaymer duties of chucker-out." frankly. “First of all, why “ Then why did you stay did you go away? You rushed away 80 long ?

80 long ?” demanded off in such a hurry that you Miss Gaymer.

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