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thing of a frown. "He could have nothing. The bank people could not given me a lot of trouble, but so could help us. Unluckily I was away at I him. My lawyers said he could the time, and the lodgment was two not seriously affect me, but he might months old when I heard of it. There have annoyed me; and I did not care were several raw Scotch-looking about the money, so I did not follow rascals, they said, making lodgments him ; and, as the lawyers say, we about then, and they could not tell turned our backs on one another.” exactly what sort of fellow made

"Strangways," murmured the rec- this. I wanted to make out about tor, musingly

him. What do you think of it ?" Do you remember him, now ?” “I don't see anything suspicious in asked Sir Jekyl.

it. He owed you the money and “No; that is, I'm not sure. I was chose to pay.” in orders then though, and could “ He was protected by the Statute hardly have met him. I am sure I of Limitations, my lawyer said, and should recollect him if I had. What I could not have recovered it. was he like ?"

Doesn't it look odd ?" “A nasty looking Scotch dog, with “Those Scotch fellows." freckles-starved and tall-a hungry “He's not Scotch, though.”. hound-large hands and feet-as ugly “Well, whatever he is, if he has a looking cur as you ever beheld.” good blood he's proud, perhaps, and

“But Deverell, poor fellow, was a would rather pay what he owes than bit of a dandy-wasn't he? How did not.' he come to choose such a companion.” “Well, of course, a fellow's glad

"Well, maybe he was not quite as of the money; but I did not like it bad as he describes, and his family it looked as if he wanted to get rid of was good, I believe; but there must the only pull I had on him, and was have been something more, he hung going to take steps to annoy me, you about him so. Yes, he was a most see. objectionable looking fellow. So awk- “That's ten years ago ?” ward, and not particularly well dressed ; but a canny rascal, and "Well, considering how short life knew what he was about. I could is, I think he'd have moved before not make out what use Deverell now if he had ever thought of it. It made of him, nor exactly what ad- is a quarter of a century since poor vantage he made of Deverell." Deverell's time. It's a good while,

"I can't, for the life of me, see, you know, and the longer you wait Jekyl, anything in it except a resem- in matters of that kind the less your blance, and that is positively nothing, chance; and with a brisk decision the and a Christian naine, that is all, and rector added, "I'll stake, I think, all Guy is no such uncommon one. As I'm worth, these people have no more for Strangways, he does not enter connection with poor Deverell than into it at all – a mere accidental Napoleon Bonaparte, and that association. Where is that Strang- Strangways has no more notion of ways-is he living ?”

moving any matter connected with "I don't know now ; ten years ago that unhappy business than he has of he was, and Pelter and Crowe thought leading an Irish rebellion." he was going to do me some mischief, “I'm glad you take that viewa prosecution or something, they I know it's the sound one. I knew thought to extort money; but I knew you would. I think it's just a little they were wrong. I had a reason flicker of gout. If I had taken -at least it was unlikely, be- Vichy on my way back I'd never have cause I rather think he had repaid thought of it. "I've no one to talk me that money about then. A year to. It's a comfort to see you, Dives. or so before a large sum of money I wish you'd come oftener.” And he was lodged to my account by Herbert placed his hand very kindly on his Strangways, that was his name, at the brother's shoulder. International Bank in Lombard-street; "So I will,” said Dives, not in fact it was more than I thought he without kindness in his eyes, though owed me--interest, I suppose, and that his mouth was forbiddingstill. “You sort of thing. I put Pelters and Crowe must not let chimeras take hold of in his track, but they could make out you. I'm very glad I was here."

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“ Did you remark that fat, moun- English very well, and a little German. tainous French fellow, in that cursed He could keep accounts, and write a suit of black, was very inquisitive neat little foreign hand with florid about the green chamber l" asked Sir capitals. He could mend his own Jekyl, relapsing a little.

clothes, and even his shoes. He could "Xo, I did not hear him mention play the flute a little, and very much it; what was it !" asked Dives. the fiddle. He was curious, and "Well

, not a great deal ; only he liked to know what was taking place. Eeemed to want to know all about He liked a joke, and the dance, and that particular rooin and its history, was prone to the tender passion, and just as if there was already something liked, in an honest way, a little bit in his head about it."

of intrigue, or even espionage. Such "Well, I told you, Jekyl," said a man he was as I could fancy in a Dives, in a subdued tone, “you ought light company of that marvellous to do something decisive about that army of Italy, of which Napoleon I. room, all things considered. If it always spoke with wonder and dewere mine, I can tell you I should pull light. it down, not, of course, in such a way In the stable-yard, as I have said, as to make people talk and ask the baronet found this dark sprite guestions, but as a sort of improvement. smoking a German pipe ; and saluI'd make a conservatory, or something; tations having been exchanged, he you want a conservatory, and the bid him try instead two of his famous building is positively injured by it. It cigara, which he presented, and then he is not the same architecture. You questioned him on tobacco, and on his Inight put koinething there twice as family, the theatres, the railways, the good. At all events I'd get rid of it.” hotels; and finally Sir Jekyl said

“So I will - I intend -I think ** I wish you could recollect a man you're right, I really do. But it was like yourself-I want one confounbrought about by little Beatrix talking dedly. I shall be going abroad in about haunted rooms, you know, and August next year, and I'd give him that sort of nonsense," said Sir five thousand francs a year, or more Jekyl.

even, with pleasure, and keep him "Oh! then she mentioned it! He probably as long as he liked to stay only asked questions about what she with me. Try if you can remember told him. Surely you're not going to such a fellow. Turn it over in your vex yourself about that ?"

mind-do you see I and I don't care Sir Jekyllooked at him and laughed, how soon he comes into my service." but not quite confortably.

The man lifted his cap again and “Well, I told you, you know, I do bowed even lower, as he undertook believe it's great ; and whatever it is, to “turn it over in his mind," and I know, Dives, you've done me a though he smiled a great deal, it great deal of good. Come, now, I've was plain his thoughts were already a horse I think you'll like, and you seriously employed in turning the shall have him ; try him to-day, and subject over, as requested by the I'll send him home for you if he suits baronet. you."

Next morning M. Varbarriere took While the groom was putting up a quiet opportunity, in the hall

, of the horse, Sir Jekyl, who was quick handing to his host two letters of inand accurate of eye, recognized the troduction, as they are called-one dark-faced intelligent little valet, from the baronet's old friend, Charwhom he had been for a moment, teris, attached to the embassy at candle in hand, at the dressing-room Paris -a shrewd fellow, a man of the door, last night, to receive his guests. world, ainphibious, both French and With a deferential smile, and shrug, English, and equally at home on

all at once, this little gen. either soil--speaking unmistakably
Yhted his cap with one hand, in high terms of M. Varkarriere as
** German pipe with the of a gentleman very much respected

in very high quarters. The other was
been a courier - elever, equally handsome. But Charteris
- man who might be was exactly the innn whose letter in
Ihmoney, papers, diamonds such a case was to be relied upon.
is native French, he spoke The baronet glanced over these and

said he was very glad to hear from sion of the joke as the vehicle drove his friend Charteris--the date was away ; but Sir Jekyl lost it. not a week since--but laughed at the Sir Jekyl was all the happier for formality, regretting that he had not his morning's talk with his brother. a note from Charteris to present in An anxiety, if only avowed and disreturn, and then gracefully quoted an cussed is so immensely lightened ; old French distich, the sentiment of but Dives had scouted the whole which is that “chivalry proclaims thing so peremptorily that the baronet itself, and the gentleman is no more was positively grateful. Dives was a to be mistaken than the rose," and wise and clear-headed fellow. It was proceeded to ask his guest “How is delightful his taking so decided a Charteris-hehad hurt his wrist when view. And was it not on reflection I saw him last—and is there any manifestly, even to him, the sound truth in the report about his possible view ? alliance with that rich widow ?" and The baronet approached Marlowe soforth.

Manor on the side at which the When Sir Jekyl got into his sanctum stables and out-offices lie, leaving I am afraid he read both letters with which, to his left, he took his way by a very microscopic scrutiny, and he the walk through the wood which resolved inwardly to write a very leads to the terrace-walk that runs sifting note to Charteris, and put it parallel to the side of the old house upon him, as an act of friendship, to on which the green chamber lies. make out every detail of the past life On this side the lofty timber apand adventures of M. Varbarriere, proaches the walks closely, and the and particularly whether he had any green enclosure is but a narrow and young kinsman, nephew, or other. darkened strip and very solitary. wise, answering a certain description, Here, when Sir Jekyl emerged, he all the items of which he had by saw M. Varbarriere standing on the rote.

grass, and gazing upward in absorbed But writing of letters is to some contemplation of the building, which people a very decided bore. The on the previous evening seemed to baronet detested it, and his anxieties have excited his curiosity so unacupon these points being intermittent, countably. the interrogatories were not so soon He did not hear the baronet's apdespatched to his friend Charteris. proaching step on the grass. (Sir

Old General Lennox was away for Jekyl felt both alarmed and angry; London this morning; and his host for although it was but natural that took a seat beside him

in the brougham his guest should have visited the spot that was to convey him to the station, and examined the building, it yet and was dropped on the way at the seemed to him, for the moment, like keeper's lodge, when he bid a kind the act of a spy. and courteous adieu to his guest, “Disappointed, I'm afraid,” said whom he charged to return safe and he. "I told you that addition was soon, and kissed his hand, and waved the least worth looking at of all the it after the florid smiling countenance portions of this otherwise ancient and bushy white eyebrows that were house." protruded from the carriage-window, He spoke with a sort of sharpness as it glided away.

that seemed quite uncalled for; but “You can manage it all in a day it was unnoticed. or two, can't you ?" said the baronet, M. Varbarriere bowed low and cordially, as he held the general's graciously. wrinkled hand, with its knobby and “I am much interested-every front pink joints, in his genial grasp. "We of this curious and handsome house positively won't give you more than interests me. This indeed, as you three days' leave. Capital shooting say, is a good deal spoiled by that when you come back. I'm going to Italian incongruity-still it is charmtalk it over with the keeper here- ing—the contrast is as beautiful frethat is, if you come back before quently as the harmony-and I we've shot them all."

“Oh! yes, hang it, you must leave "Some of my friends tell me it a bird or two for me,” laughed the the house so much I ought to i general, and he bawled the conclu- down, and I have a great mind

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CHAPTER XIV.

ANOTHER OC'EST APPROACHES the corner of the mansion, just descending from the carriages und himself on a sudden which had driven them round the of the ladies of his party, lake. He was of that gay and gallant

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temperament, as the reader is aware, then,” said Sir Jekyl, in a lower key; which is fired with an instantaneous he was by this time beside Lady inspiration at sight of this sort of Jane. "I'd have been a most pious plumage and flutter.

Pagan. As it is, I can't help wor"What a fortunate fellow am I!” shipping in the Pantheon, and trying exclaimed Sir Jeky!, forgetting in a sometimes even to make a proselyte. moment everything but the sunshine, “Oh! you wicked creature,” cried the bright tints, and the pretty sight little Mrs. Maberly. "I assure you, before him. “I had laid myself out Lady Jane, his conversation is quite for a solitary walk, and lo! I find frightful.” myself in the midst of a paradise of Lady Jane glanced a sweet, rather graces, nymphs, and what not !” languid, sidelong smile at the little

“We have had such a charming lady: drive round the lake," said gay little "You'll not get Lady Jane to beMrs. Maberly

lieve all that mischief of me, Mrs. “The lake never looked so well Maberly. I appeal for my character before, I'm sure. So stocked, at least, to the general." with fresh-water sirens and mer

“But he's hundreds of miles away, maids. Never did mirror reflect so and can't hear you," laughed little much beauty. An instinct, you see, Mrs. Maberly, who really meant nodrew me this way. I assure you I thing satirical. was on my way to the lake ; one of "Î forgot; but he'll be back tothose enamoured sprites who sing us morrow or next day," replied Sir tidings in such tiny voices, we can't Jekyl, with rather a dry chuckle, distinguish them from our own fan- "and in the mean time I must do cies, hummed a word in my ear, only without one, I suppose. Here we a little too late, I suppose.

are, Mr. Strangways, all talking nonThe baronet was reciting his ad- sense, the pleasantest occupation on miring nonsense to pretty Mrs. Ma- earth. Do come and help us." berly, but his eye from time to time This was addressed to Guy Strangwandered to Lady Jane, and rested ways, who, with his brother angler, for a moment on that haughty beauty, Captain Doocy, in the picturesque who, with downcast languid eyes, negligence and black wide-awakes of one would have thought neither heard fishermen, with baskets and rods, apnor saw him.

proached. This gallant baronet was so well "Only too glad to be permitted to understood that every lady expected contribute," said the young man, to hear that kind of tender flattery smiling, and raising his hat. whenever he addressed himself to the "And pray permit me, also,” said fair sex. It was quite inevitable, and courtly old Doocey: "I could talk it, I simply organic and constitutional as assure you, before he was born. I've black bird's whistle and kitten's play, graduated in the best schools, and and, in ninety-nine cases out of a was a doctor of nonsense before he hundred, I am sure, meant absolutely could speak even a word of sense." nothing.

“Not a bad specimen to begin “But those sprites always come with. Leave your rods and baskets with a particular message ; don't there ; some one will bring them in. they?" said old Miss Blunkett, smil. Now we are so large a party you ing archly from the corners of her must come and look at my grapes. fierce eyes. “Don't you think so, Mr. I am told my black Hamburgs are Linnett ?"

the finest in the world.” " You're getting quite above me,” So, chatting and laughing, and answered that sprightly gentleman, some in other moods, toward those who was growing just a little tired splendid graperies they moved, from of Miss Blunkett's attentions. "I which, as Sir Jekyl used to calculate, suppose it's spiritualism. I know he had the privilege of eating black nothing about it. What do you say, Hamburg and other grapes at about Lady Jane?"

the rate of one shilling each. “Ỉ think it very heathen," said "A grapery-how delightful,” cried Lady Jane, tired, I suppose, of the little Mrs. Maberly. subject.

"I quite agree with you,"exclaimed "I like to be heathen, now and Miss Blunkett, who effervesced with

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