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ways close ; and every now and then " Ile lay in a basket; you never something broken by night." BAW such a brute," continued the

“Delightful! that's what Mrs. general; "he was very near killing C'rowe, in that charming book, you an ither of my people.' know, “ The Night Side of Nature, "So there was jour ghost ?" said calls, I forget the naine ; but it's a Doci y, arrhly. German word, I think the ruiny Worse than a ghost," observed ghost it means Riket somethin', Sir Paul Dunket. isn't it, Bert?" the short for Beatrix.) “A dourd deal," acquiesced the ** I do so dormur ghosts!"? cnie I sharp general gravely. old Miss Blunket, who thout " You're very much annoyed with Beatrix's enthusia-m became her; and vermin out there in Imiiai" jemarked chose to exhibit the rame pretty fana- Sir Paul. ticism.

“So we are, sir," agreed the gene" I didn't say it was a gliost, mind ral. ye,” interpused the general, with a “It's very haril, yoll see, to meet grave regard for his veracity; "only with a genuine glimt, in Marlowe; we were puzzled a bit. There are they gedetaily turn out impuostuin," symething there, we all knew ; and Wii Theocry. pomething that could reach up to the "I sulit like to think my room high shelves, and brrak things on the Was hunted," miel Lilly Jane toor too, you see. We had len “Oh! sur lary Jane, bow cun watching, off and on, I th::k, Bumhen You le 80 huvily brave 1" cried three or four weeks. And I heard by Bluuhet, one night, early, a row in the minnes We have no culoris liete, at all rom, a devil of a row it Wils; but pvelt," sail Sir Patti, tonding to Smith was on dooty, as we used to Sir Jebvl, wih tlacity becoming say, that night, so I left it to him ; ficha dvorv. and he could have sung out, Pred "10" - Sir Jesil gloomily. I know, if he wanted lep-pwr tol *131"} og he wis thing of smelow! Anil in the morning my 1: 1*:*** friuw told me that passi Suh was Toit luong Dow flated away like dead in the storm-soon; and eud, puud Allamar Cels, mar it's tead, golden, he wax, por fe'',w."

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CHAPTER IX.

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later than I thought--you're sure I “Did she? I forgot-so they are, don't bore you?"

I think,” answered the baronet. "Not sure, but you may, Dives," Here they puffed away in silence said Sir Jekyl, observing his counte- for some time. nance, which was not quite pleasant. “ You know, Jekyl, about that * Come in, and say your say. Have room? Poor Amy when she was dying a weed, old boy?"

made you promise--and you did pro“Well, well-a-we're alone. I mise, you know-and she got me to don't mind. I don't generally-not promise to remind you to shut it up; that there's any harm; but some and then you know my father wished people, very good people, object--the the same," said the rector. weaker brethren, you know."

“Come Dives, my boy, somebody “ Consummate asses, we usually has been poking you up about this. call them; but weaker brethren, as You have been hearing from my old you say, does as well."

mother-in-law, or talking to her, the The rector was choosing and sniff- goosey old shrew !" iny out a cigar to his heart's content. “ Upon my honour,” said the rector,

"Milk for babes, you know,” said solemnly resting the wrist of his the rector, making his preparations. cigar hand upon the black silk vest, * Strong meats"

and motioning his cheroot impresAnd strong cigars ; but you'll find sively, “ you are quite mistaken. these as mild as you please. Here's a One syllable I have not heard from match."

Lady Alice upon the subject, nor, The rector sat down, with one foot indeed, upon any other, for two on the fender, and puffed away stead- months or more." ily, looking into the fire ; and his “Come, come, Dives, old fellow, brother, at the opposite angle of the you'll not come the inspired preacher fender, employed himself similarly. over me. Somebody's been at you,

“Fine old soldier, General Len- and if it was not poor old Lady Alice nox,” said the cleric at last. “What it was stupid old Gwynn. You need stay does he make with you ?". not deny it-ha, ha, ha, -your speak

As long as he pleases. Why ?” ing countenance proclaims it, my dear said Sir Jekyl.

boy." "Only he said something to-night I'm not thinking of denying it. in the drawing-room about having to Old Donica Gwynn did write to me,” go up to town to attend a board of said the pastor. the East India Directors," answered “Let me see her note ?” said Sir the parson.

Jekyl. “Oh, did he ?

“I threw it in the fire ; but I as“And I think he said the day after sure you there was nothing in it that to-morrow. I thought he told you, would or could have vexed you. Noperhaps.”

thing in fact but an appeal to me to “Upon my life, I can't say-per- urge you to carry out the request of haps he did,” said Sir Jekyl, care- poor Amy, and not particularly well lessly. “Lennox is a wonderful fine spelt or written, and certainly not the old fellow, as you say, but a little bit sort of thing I should have liked any slow, you know; and his going or one to see but ourselves, so I destroyed staying would not make very much it as soon as I had read it.” difference to me."

“I'd like to have known what the “I thought he told his story pretty plague could make you come here two well at dinner-that haunted room days-of course I'm glad to see you and the cobra, you remember," said -two days before you intended, and the rector.

what's running in your mind.". The baronet grunted an assent, and Nothing in particular--nothing I nodded, without removing his cigar. assure you, but this. I'm certain it The brothers conducted their conver- will be talked about-it will--the sation, not looking on one another, women will talk. You'll find there but each steadily into the grate. will be something very unpleasant

“ And, apropos of haunted rooms, take my advice, my dear Jekyl, and Lady Jane mentioned they are in the just do as you promised. My poor green chamber," continued the rector. father wished it, too-in fact directed

you."

it, and-and it ought to be done--you med something like “ Rule Britannia" know it ought."

for a while. I am atraid he was "l'pon my soul, I know no such thinking altogether of himself by this thing.' I'm to pull down my house, I time, and suddenly recollecting that he suppuse, for a sentimenti What was not in his own rooin, he wished the plague harın does the room do his brother good night and departed. anybody! It doesn't hurt me, nor Sir Jekyl was vexed. There are

few things no annoying, when one " It may hurt you very much, has made up his mind to a certain Jekyl."

Course, as to have the mingiving and "I can't see it ; but if it does, that's evil auguries of one's own soul aggramy affair," said Sir Jekyl, sulkily. vated by the vain but ominous dis

*** But, my dear Jekyl, surely you suasions of others. ought to consider your promise. “ I wish they'd keep their advice

*Come Dives, no preaching. It's to themselves. What hurry need there a very good trade, I know, and I'll be! Do they want me to bk-w up the do all I can for you in it; but I'm no room with old Lennox and his wife more to be humbucked by a sermon in it! I don't care two penee about than you are. ('ome! How does the it. It's a gloomy place." Sir Jekyl dog I sent you get on? Have you bot- wis charging the accidental state of tled the pipe of port yet, and how is his own spuits upon the axpect of the old Moulders, as I asked you at din- pace, which was really handaime ner! Talk of shooting, eating and and cheerful, though antique. drinking, and making merry, and get- ** They're all in a story, the fools! ting up in your profession ; by-the- What is it to me! I don't care if I by, the bishop is to be here in a never saw it again. They may pull fortnight, so manage to stay and meet it down after Christmas, if they like', him. Talk of the port, and the old for me. And Dives, tou), the Mamp, parson's death, and the tithe smalland taiking pulpit. He think of nothing great, and I'll hear you with respect, but side dishes and money. for I shall know you are speaking of worldly a dog as there is in Eng. things you understand, and take a land! real interest in ; but pray don't talk Jekyl Marlowe could get angry any more about that stupid old room, enoush on occasion, but he was not and the stuff and nonstiine these wo: prodle to sur tempers and peerinla men connect with it; and, once for all, humours. There was, lt-wever, just believe me when I say I have no no- now, something to renler him untion of making a tomb of myselt ly comtortable and irritable, and that shutting up or pulling down a room Wits that him expected surfa, Jir, which we want to live I'll do no Guy Stran way, and JI. Varl arsuch thing." and Sir Jekyl ele nebud tele had not kept try-te. The day the declaration with an oath, and appointed for their limit bud con1.0 chucking the stump of his lizar into and gone, und wo appatan,e made. the fin, nil up with her back to it, In an orimary care a hundred and and looked down on bis ele rixal Men- fitty accidento might acount for nich ter, the very itu perronation of unguily a m. stari.!"; but these wis in this obstinary:

the unavowed spa ialty which vied "I had some more to say, Jekyl, ani sikened his mind, and baunted but I fancy you don't care to hearii. kui ntepus and hold with-limpicons;

“ Not a word of it," replied the ard befand tie coalid ums rtanda barnet

loccie L. Here feit when he was - That's enough for me," said the moukei of the Wine men. parson, with a wave of his hand, like Vrat mornings pont bus brouilt å man who had acquitted himself of Sir Jebyl two letters, one of which a duty.

Trade brul, and the other rather vexed " And by 5000 do you say the hun, tugh not very profoundly. bishop is to be hero ?" he inquired This latter was from his quotherafter a pause.

in law, Lady Alive, in reply to his ** About ten daya" answered Sir civil noe, and much to his surprise, Jekyl, still a good deal ruffled. accepting his invitativt to Marlone.

The rector stood up also, and bum- “ Crubs grained old woman. She's coming, for no reasou on earth but to "Notwithstanding, therefore, the vex me. It shan't though. I'll make coincidence of the date of your letter her most damnably welcome. We'll with the period to which, on a former amuse her till she has not a leg to occasion, we invited your attention, as stand on ; we'll take her an excursion indicated by the deed of 1809, we are every second day, and bivouac on the clear upon the evidence of the letters, side of a mountain, or in the bottom of copies of which will be before you as a wet glen. We'll put the young ponies above by next post, that there is no to the phaeton, and Dutton shall run ground for supposing any unusual them away with her. I'll get up activity on the part or behalf of the theatricals, and balls, and concerts ; party or parties to whom you have and I'll have breakfast at nine, instead referred. of ten. I'll entertain her with a ven- “Awaiting your further directions, geance, egad. We'll see who'll stand “I have the honour to remain, it longest."

“My dear Sir Jekyl Marlowe, A glance on the foot of the next

** Your obedient servant, letter, which was a large document,

“A. D. PELTERS, on a' blue sheet of letter paper,

"For PELTERS and CROWE. showed him what he expected, the

“Sir Jekyl Marlowe, Bart., official autograph of Messrs. Pelters

“Marlowe, and Cowe; it was thus expressed

“Old Swayton.” “MY DEAR Sir JEKYL MARLOWE, When Sir Jekyl read this, he felt

“Pursuant to yours of the —th, all on a sudden a dozen years younger. and in accordance with the instruc- He snapped his finger, and smiled, in tions therein contained, we have made spite of himself. He could hardly inquiries as therein directed, in all bring himself to acknowledge, even in available quarters, and have received soliloquy, how immensely he was reanswers to our letters, and trust that lieved. The sun shone delightfully; the copies thereof, and the general and his spirits returned quite brightly. summary of the correspondence, which He would have liked to cricket, to we hope to forward by this evening's ride a steeple-chase--anything that post, will prove satisfactory to you. would have breathed and worked him The result seems to us clearly to indi- well, and given him a fair occasion cate that your information has not for shouting and cheering. been well founded, and that there has Very merry he was at the social been no movement in the quarter to breakfast table, and the whole party which your favour refers, and that very gay, except those few whose no member, at all events no promi- natures were sedate or melancholic. nent member, of that family is at “A tremendous agreeable man, Sir present in England. In further exe- Jekyl--don't you think so, Jennie ?” ution of your instructions, as con- said General Lennox to his wife, as reyed in your favour as above, we he walked her slowly along the terhave, through a reliable channel, race at the side of the house. arned that Messrs. Smith, Rumsey,

"I think him intolerably noisy: and Snagg, have nothing in the mat- and sometimes absolutely vulgar, or of Deverell at present in their answered Lady Jane, witli a languid office. Nor has there been, we are disdain, which conveyed alike her assured, any correspondence from or estimate of her husband's discernon the part of any of those clients ment and of Sir Jekyl's merits. for the last five terms or more. Not- “Well, I thought he was agreeable. withstanding, therefore, the coincid. Some of his jokes I think, indeed, ence of the date of your letter with had not much sense in them. But the period to which, on a former oc- sometimes I don't see a witty thing casion, we invited your attention, as as quick as cleverer fellows do, and indicated by the deed of 1809". they were all laughing, except you ;

“What the plague is that?" inter- and I don't think you like him, polated Sir Jekyl. "They want me Jennie.' to write and ask, and pop it down in “I don't dislike him. I dare say the costs ;” and after a vain endeavour he's a very worthy soul; but he gives to recall it

, he read the passage over me a headache.” again with deliberate emphasis. “He is a little noisy, maybe. Yes, VOL LXV.-NO. CCCLXXXVI.

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he certainly is," acquiesced the honest "Well, I think it might do you general, who in questions of taste good - bey? What do you say, Sir and nice criticism was diffident of Jekyl !" his own juiyment, and leaned to his "So very sorry to hear Lady Jane wiles.

is suffering ; but I really think your * But I thought he was rather a ndvive, General Lennox- it's so very pleasant fellow. I'm no great judge; fine and mild and I think it might but I like to see fellows laughing, and amuse Lady Jane;" and he glanced that sort of thing. It looks good at the lady, who, however, wearing humoured, don't you think?" her bewitching smile, was conversing

"I hate good humour," said Lady with Mrs. Maberly about a sweet Jane.

little white dog, with long ears and a The general, not knowing exactly blue ribbon, which had accompanied what to say next, marek: il by her her walk from the henne bide in silence, till Lady Jane let go "Well, dear, Sir Jehyl wants to his arm, and sat down on the rustic know. What do you say?" inquired seat which commanels so fine a view, the general. and, leaning back, eyed the land- "Oh, pray arrange as you please. scape with a dreamy insolence, as if I dare say I can go. It's all the she was going to "cut it.

same,' answered Lady Jane, with The general scann-d it with a mili- out raising her eyes from silvery tary eye, and his reconnoitring glance little Bijou, on whom she bestowed discernedd, coming up the broad walk her unwanted smiles and caresses, at his right, their host, with pretty "You belong to le atrix, you cbarmMrs. Haberly on his arın, doing the ing little fairy - I'm sure you do ; lze pours pl.inly very s: really. and is not it very wicked to go out

On seeing the guest an. Laly with other people without leave, you Jane he smiled, quickened his pure, naughty little truant !" and raised his hat.

"You must not attack her so. She "So glaul we have found you," said really loves Beatrix; and thongh she he. “Charming weather, isn't it! has come out just to take the air You must determine, Lady Jane, with me, I don't think she cares two what's to be done to-day. There are puters about mo ; and I know I don't two things you really eurzht to see about her." Gryston Bridge and Hazelden Castle " What a cruel speech !" cried I assure you the great London art sts pretty lin. Maberly, with a laugh visit both for studies. We'll take that showed her exquisite little terth. our luncheon there, it's such a warm, * The fact is cruel

, if you wilbright day--that is, if you like the not the speech--for she can't hear plan-and, which do you say it," said Sir Jekyl, patting Bijou.

"My husband always votes for me. "S) they act love to your face, What does Mrs. Materly say !" and poor little dog, and say what they Lady Jane liked in his face with please of you behind your back, one of her winning "III" It'S.

murmured Lady Jane, soothingly, to “Yes, what does Mrs. Maherly little bijou, who wagged his tail and say 1" echoe i the general, galantly wriggled to her feet. "Yes, they do,

"So you won't advelbl the poor little dog!" baronet, leaning toward Lady Jane, a “Well, I shall venture---may I? little reproachfully.

I'll order the carriage at one. And ** I won't advise," she echil, in we'll say Gryston Bridge," said Sir her indolent way.

Jekyl, hesitating notwithstanding, "Which is the best !" inquired inquiry pluinly in his countenance. Mr& Maber!y, grefully. “What a sir Jekyi's waiting, dear," saxl charining idea :"

Gallanner, little imperiously, " For my puut, I have a hea lache, ** I rruly don't care. Vis then," yon knov, Arthur - I told you, dear; wid, and, getting up, she foo's and I hadlandly presture a long or the generis arm and walked away, cursion, I think. Wat do you all. lraviny Mire. Maberly and her boet to vise to-day 1"

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