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consequently he gives one the most con- quently happens that it has become a founded amount of trouble to be prepared joke against the doctor, and on his return for the precedents and opinions which we we were prepared to banter him as usual; know he will bring forward against us. but he made his way straight to me, and Our dear Leopold is an exceptional in- asked me to come out into the ante-room to stance, but great ability is seldom allied talk over a matter on important business. to virtue; the latter charming quality more When the door was closed, he told me often accompanies stupidity, and the two he had just returned from seeing a Mrs. together form the favourite compound out Entwistle, who appears to be some relative of which judges are made.”

of the accused, and a young lady named But although Mr. Leopold Moss, by Pierrepoint-” the exigencies of his profession, was com- “Good heavens ! Rose Pierrepoint," inpelled to devote a large portion of his time terrupted the rector. to study, which in itself possessed a fas- Yes,” said Mr. Moss, “I think that cination for him, he by no means led the was the name. At all events, this Miss hermit life which Mr. Barnstaple ascribed Pierrepoint is engaged to be married to to him. A knowledge of man was, as he young Heriot. They were in an awful rightly imagined, as useful to him as a state of mind, for the superintendent down knowledge of law, and he went a good deal here, at Heriot's request, had telegraphed into society (not amongst those peculiar to Miss Pierrepoint the news of the arrest, classes more affected by Mr. Barnstaple), and the ground of the accusation. Their where his strange experiences and con- first thought was to send for Doctor Asprey, versational powers rendered him a great who seems to be a kind of ami de la favourite.

maison at Mrs. Entwistle's, and his first Such was Mr. Leopold Moss. He rose thought, after comforting the women, was from his chair as the rector entered the to hurry back and secure me. I returned room, and returning his host's salutation with him to Mrs. Entwistle's, and we sat commenced by saying:

talking long into the night. In the course “You are doubtless surprised to see me, of the conversation I learned that you had Mr. Drage, not having had any intimation at one time warmly befriended Miss Rose of my coming. The fact is, I have come Pierrepoint and her sister, Mrs.—Mrs. down here about that bad business that Pickering,” he said, referring to some happened last night, and have called upon notes, “who was housekeeper to the late you to ask for certain information and Sir Geoffry; and I determined upon coming advice on behalf of my client Mr Heriot.” down by the first train, which left Padding

“Your client Mr. Heriot ?" exclaimed ton at six o'clock, and seeing you before the rector, in surprise. "Why, Mr. Moss, I took any further steps in the matter. I understood that your firm was instructed And now if you will please tell me, as to get up the case for the prosecution.” succinctly as you can, all the facts of which

" It was rather a complicated matter,” you are in possession, but not stating ang said Mr. Moss. “Mr. Drew, of this place, impressions which you may have formed.” did telegraph up to instruct our people, but the telegram did not arrive until late

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said, “there is a picket of police come to She stepped out into the starlight, look arrest you.” But May did not know at the ing right and left and over her shoulder, moment whether it was a strange thing or hoping to see Paul coming back. She not. She only wished that Bridget would could not but think still that he was sulkgo away, so that Paul might speak again. ing among the tombstones, or stamping out

* Yes, miss. A fine big gintleman wid his passion behind some hedge. How she a spankin' horse. Misther Lee is his would laugh at him by-and-bye when he name, an' he says

would come to finish his tragedy! How Paul had turned his back

upon

she would tease him about being so dannted welcome Bridget, and was standing at the by an unreality! open window looking out. When Bridget Yes; there was Christopher Lee, surely said "Misther Lee” he put his hand on the enough, in this unwonted place, and at this sill, vaulted quickly out, and disappeared. untimely hour. Till she really saw him,

May sat down and stared pitifully at her there in the night, at Monasterlea, she did handmaiden. Had the lass been but away not know how odd it was. It was very odd, she might have held out a finger to keep and of course Paul thought it so. A little Paul by her side. But Bridget's presence boy was holding a horse out on the road, was a broad fact, in every sense of the and the rider was walking up and down word; and Paul was gone away,

Not by the ruined cloisters. In the clearness for ever, oh, no, not for ever. That would of the half-dark May could see that his be too mad, when she had not even an- clothes were white with dust, and his face swered him nor said good-bye.

like one distracted. “He said, miss," went on Bridget in her “Oh, Miss Mourne !” he said, hurrying blissful ignorance,

“ that he would not to meet her, and grasping her hands paincome in, but axes as a faviour that yoursel fully. “It is kind of you to come and would spake a word wid him outbye.” speak to a ruined man !”

“Very well; let him wait. Bridget, go “Ruined! Oh, no, Mr. Lee, not that!" for my handkerchief, if you please, on the cried May, with an overwhelming sense of table, in the drawer, in my room.” everything in the world having gone wrong

Bridget gone, she flew to the window, at the same time. peeped across the sash, thrust herself across “Quite ruined; utterly ruined !" said the sash. She could see faintly the moors, Christopher, grimly lingering on, and emthe meadows, the white path, the distant phasising the fatal word. stile. But there was no Paul anywhere to “But how ruined ? Surely it cannot be

that Katherine“Paul!" she whispered softly. “Paul !" “Don't mention her!” he cried. " Don't she wailed more audibly. But he was not name her name! A cruel, cold blooded lurking anywhere within the reach of a woman. Oh, I was wamed and I would not timid voice. She drew back and leaned, listen! How could I believe the woman I sickening, against the wall. And then loved, and who had vowed herself to me, Bridget came back with the handkerchief, to be a heartless actress, a mere shameful and then there was nothing to be done coquette ? Now I am paying the penalty but to go out and meet Christopher Lee. of my folly. Oh, I am maddened at the

She did not doubt as she stood yet a bare thought of it; that for months she minute longer, trying to steady her nerves, has been laughing at me, while she made that Christopher had come to tell her of me play the fool for her amusement. She his full happiness, as she had bade him. owned it to me to-day, when she laughed She remembered that the curious crisis of in

my

face. She laughed again when I his fate must be either past or close at was 'idiot enough to threaten her with hand. Perhaps he was already married; what the world would think of her. She or perhaps he would be to-morrow. She smiled and beamed, and it was all rapture was glad for his sake, but it was not so to her, every reproach, every groan that I easy to spend good wishes on his bride, uttered; for I did give her this glorywhose vanity had so wantonly wrought I groaned." mischief. Yet she could now afford to The young man suited the action to the laugh at the silly blunders that had been word, and looked fiercely at May, and over made. She could laugh, or she could cry, her head, as if she and the whole world but there was no time for doing either. had been to blame in this matter. Then, She must go out and show some courtesy having gathered up his scattered breath, to the visitor.

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“Yes, I groaned,” he went on," and that He gazed at her in silence. gave her delight. She had looked forward “ You must break your rash oath,” she to tbat hour, had willed it and planned it, repeated. “ You see I am not afraid of so that a man might be drowned in ruin to you, though you are so desperate. I degive her beauty an unholy triumph. She clare that I will not let you go away from will wear my wrecked life as a feather in this place to-night until you

have sworn her cap. Let her wear it, then! and may to me that you will do yourself no hurt !" it be very becoming to her, especially when 'I might break that oath also,” he said. she is old and faded, and shall long for a No, you would not, and I will tell

you kind heart near her own, and shall not why. You would not throw away your find it! In the mean time let her world soul, because you have lost your love and make a goddess of her, and let it join in her your fortune. And if you do not give me laagh against the idiot who is lost, lost for the promise at once,” she added, passing her sake!"

her arm through his, “I will hold you like “No, no, not lost!” said May, in great this until you will give it to me. awe of this excited grief, yet not know- He looked at her wonderingly. His ing what to say.

passion seemed to have cooled down. He * Not lost, do you say? Do you know that put her hand gently from his arm, and if I am a married man in three weeks hence began walking rapidly up and down under I shall be the owner of twenty thousand the shadow of the cloisters. May stood by, a year for the remainder of my life? Think silent; urging nothing; but watching. She of what it means, that twenty thousand saw that he was deliberating, or seemed to a year. It means to be a gentleman, to be be so doing. He saw her standing there, of some use in the world, to have liberty patient, watchful, resolved. Every time to enjoy the sweet pleasant things of life. he turned be could see the gracious white And all this I might have had, with some figure waiting unwearied, upon a mound of body to be loved by, and to share it with, graves, whither she had followed him, and only for her. And oh! how I loved her where he had left her; with a broken cross and trusted in her !"

at her feet, and the stars about her head. He buried his face in his hands, and At last he approached her, humbly and sobbed like a child.

quietly. “And now I am a beggar!” he said, You see I am qnite calm now. I will looking up again savagely. “A beggar, rave no more. But he was not calm at and a fool before the world. I have broken all, though his voice was subdued, and my mother's heart; I have destroyed my there was a very strange wildness in his own future; I will not endure to live any eyes.

“ Shall I dare to speak to you every: longer.”

thing that is in my heart at this moment ? "You are talking wildly,” said May, Shall I tell you of a whisper that an angel touching his arm. “You cannot mean has whispered to me?”. what you say. You are no coward ?" “Yes," said May, "for angels whisper “ It does not matter what you call me,” nothing that is horrible and wrong

You he said ; " call me anything you please. I know that I am your friend, and I will am a coward, if that means a man who help you all that such a weak friend may will not outlive his ruin and disgrace. I help.” came here to-night to say good-bye to you, He drew her hand through his arm, and May Mourne. You were very kind to me, placed it where she had before placed it and you are the last person I shall look herself. She did not hinder, because she on in this world. I will not see my was bent on saving him. They walked on mother's face again. You will, maybe, a few steps, and then Christopher said be good to her when I am gone, for I have abruptly: sworn not to live another day!”

“ May Mourne, will you marry me?” He was speaking in an unnaturally high- Marry you !" she cried. pitched voice, like a suppressed shriek. It “Yes,” said he, “me. One who has been was getting wilder every moment. May raving to you about the loss of another was thoroughly terrified, but controlled woman. A man who has been tricked and herself with an effort.

blinded, but has got his eyes opened at * Then you must break your oath !" she last. A man who can see you faithful and said, in a strong, distinct voice, which good, and can curse the days he ever loved shocked him from its contrast with her one less noble. I will worship you all the former pleading tones.

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I will strive to be a good man, in “Nay, come in,” said May, coaxingly, order to do you honour. I will have gold while she shivered with fear. “I

am tired to share with you, gold which you will and cold. Come in, and we will talk about have bestowed on me as if

you

had brought it." it for a dowry. May Mourne, I will love “Curse you!" he said, flinging back her you. Will you be my wife?”

hands with such force that she nearly fell. Oh, no,” said May, “oh, no!" “Curse your smooth promises, and your “Ah! there it is,” he cried. “I knew coaxing, and your putting off. I will have that you would refuse. But I can plead. no more of it.” And with a cry like that of Yon think I love Katherine Archbold- some hurt animal, he bounded from her side, Nay, I hate her; I hate her!"

and rushed, like a madman as he was, Hush,” said May. “Indeed, I am not across the graveyard, towards the river. jealous of her."

But May was as swift-footed as a deer. “God bless you! What is it then? She could run to save a life. She had no Whisper, and tell me what it is that you blinding flashes of the fire of madness beare afraid of.

Not of Christopher Lee ? fore her eyes to make her stumble, and she He would not hurt any one, though he had, besides, the cunning of sanity, and a was near drowning himself in the river an natural presence of mind. She knew all hour ago. He is a poor wrecked creature, the short cuts about Monasterlea. By whom you can save if you will. He has loved means of her wit, and her speed, she met you already longer than you think. How Christopher Lea before he reached the beautiful you looked with all the stars river side. She was a quarter of a mile about your head! She never had the stars from home, and she was at the mercy about her head, curse her! There is a hard, strong man bereft of reason; but she was cruel, blazing sun always shining and burn- not afraid. ing round her head, that scorches men's She laid hold of him and clasped her eyes, and withers

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two hands across his arm.
He was lashing himself into a fury again. “Come with me, dear,” she said. “I am
It was such a strange kind of fury, that your mother. You would not hurt me,
May felt more frightened for him than an- Christopher ? Not hurt your

old mother?" noyed for herself. She thought of him less For he was wrestling with her. as a sane man than as one sick and delirious. At the last words he stood still, as if

“Mr. Lee,” she said, “ will you come in shocked. Hurt my mother!” he said. and rest awhile? You are sadly tired, and “Who asked such a question ? When did you want refreshment."

I hurt you, mother ?” “I want you,” he said, wildly, “I want “Never indeed, dear,” said May. “ And only you. You will be rest and refresh- you will not now. I want you to help me ment, and all that I need. I will make with your strong arm, Christopher. Help you a princess. I will pour gold into your me up the hill, and into the house." lap. You will rest my head on your knee, He obeyed her, gentle as a lamb, but it and cool it with your hands. It is burning was a terrible walk. Every moment she hot, it is full of fire--and nobody will give expected that he would break from her, me a drink of cold water, because it is but she kept the firm locked clasp of her known that I am a beggar.'

two hands on his arm. At the door she “Come in,” said May, soothingly, and met old Nannie and Miss Martha, going drawing him gently, come in with me, out to look for her in some dismay. She and I will give you water—anything you signed to them, and they gradually underlike.” She had felt the burning touch of stood her. And after some fright and difhis hand upon her own, and she dreaded ficulty the two old women got Christopher the strange glare which she saw in his put to bed; where a man sick of a fever eyes. The man had got a fever, and his ought to be. And then a doctor was sent life might be in her hands.

for to the nearest post town; and the dis“I will not go,” he said, “I will not traught lover began a hard fight for his move, until you promise me that you will life. marry me to-morrow. Katherine! Ka. Later he wrote to his mother in his contherine!” he cried, gnashing his teeth, and valescence : grasping her hands until he almost crushed "I am sorry for having brought so the slight fingers, “promise that you will much affliction upon you, for I know that marry me to-morrow. Promise, or I will vexation must have been the cause of your drown myself this night!"

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