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“Now that you are convalescent, there way, to Harwich, and thence, per steamer, is no occasion for any further delay. Sir to Rotterdam. Remaining on the ContiGeoffry died intestate, and Gerald is con- nent a few months, and baffling all attempts sequently sole heir. He is going to sell to track him, he finally made his way to Wheatcroft, and, for some time at least, Havre, and then took ship for America. travel abroad. So soon as you are able to Mr. Delabole, being possessed of a large bear the fatigue of the journey they will sum of money and great business talents, be married and start."

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for financing opera“ Did they purpose taking me with tions in the United States, and is now one them?"

of the leading lights of Wall-street. They did ; they have talked of it often. Mrs. Bendixen never received the letter George Heriot was only speaking to me which Philip Vane addressed to her on the about it two days ago in London.” morning of his flight, and knew nothing

“I shall relieve them of that responsi- of her intended husband's crime and fate bility,” said Madge, with a smile; “ they until she read of both in a newspaper. The shall have no querulous invalid to destroy shock sobered her for a time, and she disthe happiness of their bridal tour.” appeared from society. There are rumours,

“And what will you do, Margaret ?” however, that she has seen sufficient of the

“Wait till I am a little stronger, and charms of solitude, and intends reappearing then seek for some new situation."

this season with an addition to her estaA sharp expression of pain passed across blishment, in the person of a husbandthe rector's face.

German tenor of military appearance and "Margaret," he said, bending over her a flute-like voice. couch, “ months ago I asked you to become my wife. There was an obstacle then, and

George Heriot and Rose bave their home you refused—that obstacle no longer exists. in Florence; the artistic society of which

— Since then I have seen you surrounded by pleasantest of cities delights both of them. dangers, and difficulties, and trials of no

Last autumn, while the Triennial Musiordinary kind, and in them all your good cal Festival was being held at Wexeter, a ness and your purity have been triumphant, lady suddenly detached herself from a large and rendered you more than ever dear to party, which was crossing the cathedral me. Margaret

, I ask you once again : for yard, and running up to old Miss Cave, pity's sake, do not give me the same reply.” who was standing looking on in admira

"I–I could not go back to Springside,” tion, seized her by both hands and kissed she said.

her on the cheek. They had a short but “Nor is there any occasion for it, dearest animated conversation, then the lady one. By my father’s death, I am rendered hurried off to rejoin her friends. more than rich. The physician, whom I “ More friends

among the quality, consulted in London, spoke to me words Susan ?” said Sam Cave, as he bustled up of hope, more cheering than I could have to her. “Who was that lady just now the imagined; he told me that, by wintering bishop's wife or the new dean's daughter?” in a warm climate, my life may yet be pro- “Neither one nor the other, Sam," said longed to the ordinary span. It is for you old Miss Cave, half laughing, half crying. to give me an interest in that life, Margaret." You have seen that lady often before. What will you do ?”

She is staying at the Deanery now with her "I would give my life to save yours," husband, who is a clergyman; but you reshe whispered. “I will devote half of collect her when she was our leading lady, mine to tending yours.”

and was called Madge Pierrepoint.” She raised her eyes to his, and in them

THE END OF CASTAWAY. he saw the dawn of life and hope.

“My darling, my own!"

Mr. Delabole's friends at the board of A SHORT SERIAL STORY will be commenced in the extinct Terra del Fuegos Silver Mining

ALL THE YEAR ROUND, Company did him injustice in suggesting To be continued from week to week until completed, that he had intended to mislead by giving

entitled King's Cross as the address to the cabman. LELGARDE'S INHERITANCE, He proceeded to that station, thence to Peter

In Twelve Chapters. borough, thence, per Great Eastern Rail- BY TIE AUTHOR OF "THE ABBOT S POOL."

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anythin' in the cowld. Bud let him take spoken roughly to her as he had never them all away wid him. Don't you have done before. May hated herself because nothin' to do wid them !”

the tears came into her eyes. And Paul's Paul laughed. Nonsense, my good thoughts were busy with the future master woman. We must not vex the simple of Tobereevil. fellow."

Yes,” he said. “Is it too late to go toMay gathered up the bundles in her night ?” apron.

* Poor bad little sticks,” she said, He let fall her hand and went out to the “I will put them out of the way.

hall-door. The snow was beginning to fall

, So Bid had to let her keep them, and and had blotted out the footprints of the went away muttering. May at once put messengers. It would be folly to make new the faggots out of sight, and returning to tracks across the peace of that white world Paul, found him walking about the room into the gloom of the Tobereevil Woods in a state of high excitement.

that night. Even to Paul's impatienee it “Oh, my love !" he said, going to meet seemed that it must be so. May stood her. “Ill-luck is all over with me. The downcast on the hearth. There was somespell of the curse is broken. This is what thing new and strange about Paul which you have done for me. No sooner is your made her hate the sight of Simon Finiston's hand clasped in mine than the world is feeble scrawl which lay before her on the turned upside-down for the purpose of mantelpiece. bringing me good fortune.' “You silly old Paul,” said May, shaking

CHAPTER XXVI. A MORNING VISIT. her head. Only that you are a poet, we Early the next morning May and Paul should not tolerate such nonsense."

set off together over the snow to Tobereevil. “My darling shall be lady of the land,” Paul would not go alone. He had a fancy went on Paul. “We will pull down the that the miser would be propitiated by the cursed old house, every stone of it; and sight of May's charming figure, in a little we will build up a new one-new stones, red cloak and white knitted hood. May, who new mortar, new timber; not an atom of was not so sanguine, went much against the old walls shall get mixed up with the her wish. She had a dread of the old man

We will furnish it with every who had been the ogre of her childhood, luxury"

and she did not believe in his new freak. “ But the people, Paul dear? What will She found it hard that this change should you do for the people ?"

have come just as Paul was making him“Oh, the people of course. They shall self happy over the prospect of a simple pull down the old house, and build up the and an unambitious life. Yet she went to

They shall also have new cot- please him, trying to temper his wild extages and low rents. I warrant you I will pectations, and ready to checr him if his rub the rust off old Simon's guineas. There uncertain temper should give way to shall be schools and almshouses. We will another mood. It was impossible but that cultivate the land and have a mill on the both hearts should become a little chilled river. I will show that a man can be as they came nearer to their destination generous though sprung from a race of and emerged from the trees into the misers.

shadow of the dilapidated mansion. Paul Yes; it will be a triumph. Oh, Paul, became pale, but he laughed and apwhat a life we have before us ! But we peared in the best spirits. May was silent, must not run too fast. We are not yet the and offered a secret prayer for the result lord and the lady of Tobereevil.”

of this venture, which seemed so awful. “We are virtually so.”

The doors were all barred up, and knocker “He is known to be very whimsical,” there was none. The bell was now brosuggested May.

ken which had once roused Tibbie's ire Oh, do not damp me!" cried Paul, with under Miss Martha's hand. To-day there sudden impatience. “I have done with was no Tibbie to come and fight with the fear. Do not you thrust it back upon bold ones; it was the miser himself who i me."

came shuffling across the hall. He came “No," said May; “not for the world. and took away the bars, slowly and You will know better when you have seen with difficulty, and stood peering at them the old man.”

through the half-open door; a weird, aged He did not hear the pain that was in her skeleton, very pitiful, very ugly, and susvoice. He did not notice that he had picious-looking,

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" Who are you ?” he asked.

him be sent away from her to the far end “I am Paul Finiston.”

of the earth, than be drawn into the What brings you here ?”

wretched circle round which his forefathers “A message from my uncle, which I had travelled with weakened brains and received last night. I did not intend to withered hearts. Take her life, take her trouble hiin, but as he sent for me I am health ; take even Paul's love out of her come.

future; but save him from the evil that “Humph! that is spoken like an honest had overwhelmed his kin. Having thus

You are welcome to Tobereevil. emptied her heart of every selfish thought, And who is the lady ?"

courage returned ; and with it the hope “ This lady is my affianced wife,” said that was familiar to her. After all, it was Paul, drawing May's hand proudly through but natural that Paul should be absorbed

by the sudden change in his fortunes. And Ah, indeed,” sneered the miser. “But it was also natural that the old man should I only wanted you, I did not send for your have grown tired of his dreary iniquity. wife.

It was coming then at last, the good time Oh," said May, eagerly, “ do not be long expected at Tobereevil, and she must displeased with him on my account, I will not be so ungrateful as to mourn for it. go back at once. I will not be in the way.” | Having conquered her short agony, she

The time had been when he would have took her way bravely through the mildewflung the door in their faces; but he was ing house. now in extremity, and, besides, he was There was nothing to keep her from greatly weakened, in his body and in his going into any room she pleased, and passions, since that day when Miss Martha Simon had told her to "walk about the

had been forced to fly from his presence. house.” The aged locks had long ago ! It might be that May's glowing face and rusted from their fastenings on the doors.

appealing eyes touched some spot in the She wandered into noble rooms where withered heart which was not altogether fragments of rich hangings fluttered dole. dead. At all events, he answered her with fully in the breeze which came in through strange mildness.

the broken windows. Ceilings that had You may walk about the house,” he been painted in mellow pictures still said, "till our business is finished.”

showed some faded tints between the May thanked him, as gratefully as if she blotches of the damp and the scars whero had been a tenant with a large family to the plaster had dropped in dust to the whom he had granted a lease. The miser floor. There were a few articles of weatherthen led Paul across the hall, leaving May beaten furniture to be seen, but the to find her way whither she pleased. And rooms were mostly empty. Snow lay in she noticed with another pang such as she heaps on the inner ledges of the windows, had felt the night before, that Paul did not and the shriek of the wind went from once turn his head to look back at her as passage to passage, and lamented along he went. Might it be that the monstrous the corridors and up and down the stairdesire of wealth of which Paul had been cases. There was but a little wind out80 afraid, would yet so grow up within him side, but the crannies of the mansion of that it would thrust her out of his heart? Tobereevil knew how to make much of a She paused on a step of the gloomy stair- little wind. It seemed to May as if some case, stricken by the thought of such an bird of ill omen had made his nest under ending for her love. It had been so with the rafters of the roof, and that he flew

Miss Martha; might it not be so with her ? from chamber to chamber, from garret to ! Might there not, after all, be some dire cellar, for ever on the wing, piercing the

reality in the inevitable influence of that walls with his shrill cry of wrath at the curse which had so eaten up all virtue born hatefulness of the misers of Toberecvil. into the family of Finiston ? She remem- Desolation, and blight, and the print of bered that in the Bible there are histories wickedness were everywhere. It would be of races which were cursed for generations better, as Paul said, to take down the old because of the sins of some dead man. But building ; every stone of it. 80 many had passed away since the first She sat in an old grim carven chair, Finiston had sinned. “So many genera- standing solitary in its corner; and she tions, oh, my God!” cried May.

began to think for the first time of what it She prayed out of the strength of her would be to find herself mistress of all the coul for the safety of her love. Rather let wealth of Tobereevil. Should she really

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be the lady of a great mansion, with jewels various reasons I think it better now to and satins, and rich furniture, and fine stay where I am. I have found some em. pictures all around her; with a library ployment, and I am content to be poor. If and a music - room, and drawing - rooms, you had not sent for me you should

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face." as happy in her grandeur, as in the little “Humph !” said Simon.

“Upon my crooked parlour at Monasterlea ? How word, young man, you are very bold! So could she know? If Paul should prove to you dread and dislike me, and don't want be happy, then would she be happy too. to be my heir. And what if I show you

In the mean time uncle and nephew had the door, sir, in return for such a compliretreated to the miser's den. A half-shut- ment ?" ter had been opened, so that they might “I have no objection, sir ; I am not see each other, and have light to make their anxious to stay.” And yet Paul felt him. bargain. The old man eyed the young one self even at the moment devoured by a by the entering ray, as keenly as the watch- new hunger for the favours which this man who scans a doubtful wayfarer by dreadful dotard held in his lean hand to the gleam of his dark-lantern. He was give. Such ambition, however, being still looking for the signs of the spendthrift in new to him, an honest shame held it in his nephew's appearance. But Paul was check, and he still carried himself with no dandy; his dress was plain rough his habitual independent bearing. But frieze. The miser looked grudgingly at had he been bent on pleasing the miser his comfortable clothing, but there was he could not have spoken better. nothing that he could exactly complain of. “Very well, sir, but I have not done Had Paul come unbidden a little time ago, with you yet. It seems that there will be he would have railed at his apparel, merely no courtesy lost between us.

What is this because it was not threadbare ; now, he employment which you have got in the only resented silently its decency and com-country?” fort. He would have threatened him for “I have undertaken to manage the farm his imprudence in engaging to marry a of a tenant of yours," said Paul, “and I wife; but he spoke no more of May. have brought a little money home with me He gathered about him such dignity as he from abroad. Only a little, but I'll do could muster, as he sat down and leaned well enough." back in his chair, and motioned to Paul “Until the old man dies," sneered the to take his seat on a little broken bench miser. which stood opposite at the other side of “Sir!" said Paul, “I have already told the miserable hearth. This Paul did, and you my mind. I came here to oblige you, was conscious all through the scene which and I will now go my way.” followed of a ridiculous and not very suc- And he rose to his feet, burning in. cessful effort to balance himself on a seat wardly with strange disappointment and to which a fourth leg was wanting. despair. He felt that he had been made a

You have been abroad for some years, fool of, and that he was no longer indifI understand,” said Simon. 'Do you in- ferent as to the old man's intentions with tend to remain here, or to return to where regard to himself. Most truly the change you came from?"

in him had wrought very rapidly. The I mean to stay at home,” said Paul. shadow of his race seemed to wrap him "That is, you made up your mind to it from the light. It had descended from this after you got my note last night.'

old roof-tree, which he had been rash “No, indeed," said Paul, “ your note had enough to place between himself and the nothing to do with it. I had made up my tranquil arch of heaven; it would depart mind to it long ago.”.

with him over this threshold, which he had And pray what had you marked out been wicked enough to cross.

The demon for yourself to do? Lie in wait among the of covetousness bad at last got possession hills for the old man's death, expecting to of him; and peace, and hope, and joy were be master of all he has ?"

for him no more. “ To tell you the truth, sir," said Paul, “Stay,” said Simon. “ Not so fast, throwing back his head, “ there is nothing young man! I do not want to fight, but I have dreaded and disliked all my life so to do honest business with you. I have much as the thought of being your heir. been cheated and played upon by knaves. I went abroad to forget it, and I came I want an agent to do my work among my home in reality only to seek a wife. For tenants. I am at present all alone, without

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