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Chapter NumberBOOK IV. I
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Newspaper TitleThe Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)
Trove TitleDick Stalwart: An Oxonian
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DICK STALAVAUT: AN OXONIAN*

Bv .YN O.C.

{)V> Ulai for the QttaeiulaiuUr.)

BOOK IV. OJTAFTnn I.

Tun scene changes once more-to Gravesend on a bright, clear, frosty December morning. Any one who lins x-isited Gravesend can picture

the view on such a day. The Wide stately river f was like a sheet of glass. The brave old gate of Tilbury Fort, bringing back visions of tho Spanish Armada, showed out in the winter sun with all the glory of antiquity. Scx-cral fine »hips lay at anchor in the roadstead, opposite the picturesque old house supported on xvooden piers in the river itself. Among them was a large black steamer of three or four thousand tona, with tall masts and a hugo black funnel, clipper-built. She was flying the blue-peter, nd surrounded by small boats and tenders embarking passengers and their personal effects.

A short way off this steamer was moored a beautiful steam yacht-Lord lttehmoudshirc's. Sir Hugh had at last written home jircssing Lady Mary to como out to him. The troubled state of the Afghan frontier woulel not permit him to absent himself from India, and he was tired of procrastinating his marriage. Lord llichmondsliire had given his consent, and Lady Kiclunondshiro, whom the physicians had recommended to winter in a warm climate, had decided to aceompany her daughter out to see if the voyage would improve her own health. The big ship was not to go for a couple of hoursyet, so the party on the yacht were engaged in having a parting champagne lunch in honour ot the future bride and her mother. Among other guests were old Mr. Stalwart and his daughter, and Dick and his wife-the latter thickly elad in furs, as she had lately gi\-on hirth to a second little daughtor. Furs suited Eveleen better than any other kind of costume, and the paleness consequent on her recent illness rather enhanced than detracted from lier beauty. She was as usual very handsomely but very quietly dressed, and looked far more distinguished than anv lady present, although several of them belonged to the higher

nobility.

, At last the parting came. Lady Mary found it harder parting from Dick than from anyone else : she was fully half-an-hour in the ladies' saloon with him-in his arms, sobbing as-if her heart would break, and pressing soft kisses from time to time. Dick too was very much affected, though naturally not so much, as lie rejoiced in possession of a lovely wife himself,

now more than ever the likeness between biclcen and Lady Mary struck him. Their , fyes vvC1.0 ai¡jjPj their throats were alike, there

a' nindi in common in their manner.

.' At length Lady Mary managed to tear herself away, after making Dick promise twenty times j" er to write to her regularly, and not to forget n(,r. She was not so long saving good-bye to "if rest of lier friends. Her father hated scenes, and cut the final interview short. She paited.from Eveleen most affectionately.

t"ary Stalwart meanwhile had identified LI cleon as her brother's wife, although she had , 01! sc.cn npr before. She was very much pluck with her grace and beauty, and inwardly lon.'ed to greet her as a sister, but she did not «aie ni the face of her father's probable wrath. tuleen, however, was thoroughly well looked atu>, as she was sitting next to the Earl, who hil!"03' assiduous in h¡3 attentions, having »J! (Hy a glance for anyone else in the room ? ' " î.0.f the daughter who was just about to /., ° ,urn- She w as x-ery quiet and endured his ti,', '"tous passively, being unwilling to excite

' comment of the company, especially of one i'i iciitlcinan who eyed her very keenly.

"," 10r"y after the yacht had hove alongside of an i**i .mer> antl the Countess withLady Mary ."fi tuen- attendants had gone on board, the ".ff"10? Save a whistle as a siSn»l f°r n» the in' a!onSs'do to cast off. The yacht accord "7" steamed a short distance away. Almost I--., Wfoii board w-as on deck waving hand r\", ucfs a'1'1 exchanging signals xvith the Aoi *.'' aml ««. daughter. There was two w m '?Von .. 01d Mr- Stalwart felt out of joint leaT titlmos' not 1uite in sympathy «*it« the ,,, vial"crs on the deck, foremost among whom

> a- i,is estranged son. So he sought the saloon, «i,* ? ?nI>" one occupant, the beautiful girl > "onad sat next the Earl at lunch and had in a!. si° mucu of llis attention. She looked __^_jwy delicate condition and was doubtless

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afraid of the damp, piercing, river air. Her illness added a wistfiilness and tenderness to lier beauty. Fcsv could help being drawn towards her. The old man felt his heart svarm nig for lier. He svus certain that this ivas his son's wife ; that for her they had been estranged for years ; that it iras she about whom lie had said so many bitter things ; that he had sworn that this ssveet svoman should never cross his threshold in his lifetime; and, at the same time, lie ss\as conscious that never in his life had ho seen any human being so fair and pleasant to look upon. A while lie stood irreso- lute in the doorway, then he advanced tosv.ards lierand said in as-otee husky with emotion, "My dear, when arc you and Dick coming home?"

The kind honest gray eyes looked up nt him timidly and inquiringly. She sasv n stately old gentleman, worn with trouble rather than in finuit.y. he bore the same striking features as her husband, and strongly resembled him. She knew by bus voice svhat a struggle ho svus having with his pride, and she felt that she had con- quered. She said, ''You're his father," and held up a pair of ripe lips to bo kissed.

ClIAPl'EB. II.

DICK was standing on deck in the bows of the yacht watching the fast disappearing steamer, when lie felt a light hand on his shoulder, and, turning round, perceived his wife. Ho divined at once, by the animation of her face and her heightened colour, that some- thing had happened; but he hastened to reproach her with her imprudence in coining on deck. She, svithout reply, drew him dosvu the hatchway, mid led lum up to his father. The father and son gripped each other's hand, but, like true Stalwarts, said not a single word. The reconciliation was none the less complete. The father tit length broke

silence :

"your home in London is 'The Elms,' Regent's Park. When will you como home ?"

Evelecn quickly rejoined, "Now-with you ;" and her husband added: "Our luggage is at Lord llieliiiiondshiro's ; but Evelecn shall go home with you, and I will follow- this cs'cnitig, as soon as 1 can get our things together."

'Then ho went on deck again, and svalkcd up to his sister, svhispering, "Mary!"

She looked hurriedly and timidly round for her father, and, {hiding he svas not in sight, said: "I am so glad to speak to you, Dick; but you must not let papa see us together ; I should be frightened to death if he did. How are you? and how is your darling, of a wife? Hosv beautiful she is ! I should so like to bo

friends with her. Don't you think papa svill ever forgive you ? I do wish ho would. Tell me, Dick-he lins ! I know it by your face ! Do take me to your svife."

That night Dick arrived home svitli their luggage about an hour before dinner-time. The hansom cab-driver did not know the svay to The Elms, and lind to make many inquiries. He asked Dick if ho could direct him. Dick shook his head. It seemed strange to him that he should not know his own father's house. The footman w'ho opened tho door svas a stranger to him, anil inquired his name.

"Stalwart."

"Ali ! you aro Mr. Richard. Will you please

svalk in ?"

But by this time the old butler, svho lind been lying in wait on the watch for his arrival, had ilosrn out and fairly embraced him. "What, Muster Dick ! And you have come home again at last !" (If old Rae did know the cause of his absence he acted with consummate skill, for he received him exactly as if he had been on a tour round the svorld, or away on an em- bassy.) " And hoiv's the Doctor? Is the old chilli alive still? And the big S. Bernard dog you bought just before you went assay? And I say, Master Dick"-[this in a lower tone]-"I'm so glad the young missis is come homo ! I calls her right doini lovely. It's a long time you've boon away."

Dick answered all the old man's questions, asked after all the old servants, and how Bazaine, his favourite hunter, was; also hosv the dogs svere ; and then, after chatting to him for a fesv minutes, follosved him to his father's library (a name allowed it by courtesy only). Hero the old butler's natural good taste constrained him to go, lcas-ing Dick to make his first entry undisturbed by the presence of strangers. When ho went in he found his father seated in nu arm-chair by the fire, and his wife on a low- lounge at his father's feet. She rose to svclcomc him, as did his father. Dick noticed tear-staius on the ordinarily

stern set face.

" She's been telling mc about the children, Dick. They should be at home, learning to ride mid enjoying our brisk Yorkshire air.

" You shall have the tss-o eldest to take home svitli you, sir, and Eve and I svill bring the

other tsvo ss'hen sve come."

" When arc you coming, Dick ?"

" At the end of term. I must go back to my

class at Cheltenham to-morrow."

" Of course you svill resign your post. The money need not concern yon."

"If you wish it; but I fear it, svill be too late this terni to get my resignation accepted.

However, 1 svill try my best."

"Does she go back with you to-morrow?" asked the old man, glancing nt Evelecn.

" Not unless she wants to. I can spare her for a few days. But you must let me take Mary in her place. Remember that ive have young children in the house, and a good deal of housekeeping to do: Evelecn, you must coach Mary in her duties and the svhereabouts of things."

" That's a bargain."

" There's another voice in the matter," put in Es-clcen, smiling kindly to the old gentle- man. " I am quite svilling to stay with papa ; but I am mamma, and little Harry (Garsing ton's godson) is a sveo little mite. I must go back to him in a day or tsvo. But lot us have

Mary for a little while."

Then a sudden light struck Dick. " Won't you come too, and see our establishment before

sve leave it?"

Mr. Stalwart did hot much like railsvay journeys, but nevertheless he jumped at the idea ; and it svas finally arranged that Mary and Dick should go back by the morning train, and that their father and Evelecn, svho wanted to do some shopping in London, should follow in a day or tsvo.

Dick'tlion svent off to sec his sister, svho appa- rently had not heard of his arrival ; he was rather glad, for lie preferred that their first meeting at home should be alone. An only brother and sister, svho have not met for years, have necessarily much to say to each other svhich they would rather even their parents did not hear. This svas especially the case with Dick and Mary, who had met with a good deal of strictness and restraint from their father. To them thus engrossed the inters-al before the dressing-bell passed rapidly enough. Mary svas charmed svitli the idea of going to Cheltenham to keep house for her brother.

At dinner Es'clccn appeared in the family diamonds. They had never been svorn since Dick's mother died ; old Mr. Stalwart had fetched them from the bank on their way home, and presented them to Evelecn. Ho svas parti- cularly anxious that she should wear them that evening. Lord Richniondshire svas going to dine ss'ith thom. (Garsington had gone round to Southampton in the steamer, so the Earl svas very lonely, and had specially requested that he might spend the night at The Elms.) Mr.Stal wart ss'ishcd to shosv in es-ery possible way how completely Dick svas reinstated in his fas'our.

The diamonds showed Es-eleen's noble beauty and bearing to great advantage. The Earl was racy in his compliments to her. Considering that he had lost his svife for months and his daughter for years, ho seemed to Dick to be in almost unbecomingly good spirits.

Mr. Stalsvart was more and more delighted svitli hisdaugliter-in-lasvasthe evening svore on.' Hiseyessverenes'eroff hor. Shess'assobeautiful, so tender, so engaging, so graceful in her mos-ements, and so arch with the old lord that, he w-ould have liked to sit there all night watch- ing her ; and he svas by no means a susceptible

man.

Before the Earl diwe away that night, he said, " I shall como down to Cheltenham with your father, Dick; I'm not going to be left but of the family party."

Mr. Stalwart felt very much gratified ; he svas both pleased at the Earl's appreciation of his daughter-in-lasv,.and also glad to get any opportunity of re-cementing their ancient friendship, for they had been somesvhat estranged of late. It ss-as just and right, too, that as Dick's svife had been the estranging factor she should also be the source of recon- ciliation.

CHAPTER III.

WnExDickrcturnedto Cheltenham thehoysin his house, as wellasthemnstersand inhabitants generally, were astonished to find him accom- panied, not by his svife, but by a sister of svhom they had scarcely even heard. Mary Stalwart svas a dark handsome girl (not unlike her brother), and extremely fond of boys and young men ; and it was knosni that her father svas a very rich man, so it is not unlikely that she would very soon have been one of the cynosures of Cheltenham. She took great interest in all the details of the school and of her brother's house, and used to lookforsvard to meeting the boys at dinner as great fun. She felt almost sorry when, a fesv days afterwards, Evelecn and the Earl and her father arrived, and her duties with the boys were overi They stayed there

until ncnil} the end of the tcim, going away

justas the busiest time caine on, to le ne Dick aiulEselccn untinminellcrt Dining this foit night Mai j had plenty of galets, foi Dick, knowing piettj well ss lut a dull lifc.hr must base led of late, took caic that she should go

escijwheic

1 he new s of the change m his foi Innes spi ead like stildfiio On theda) of his misai aftoi afternoon school he lui 1 stopped the Piincipil as he mu, leasing the "big doois " si)iiigtlnt ho s ished to speak to him nul h id boen walked

off um in aim foi ash up spin up the Midland

load

When Dick told lum the news, and tendeicd lus icsi"nation, he said I congi itul ite sou. St list ait Iliad list i>»ho] ed tint things st oula conn, light in the end I don t think tint thcic is ill bo much difficult) in getting a man to t ike youl pi ice in the school ilthough it will be cxtioiuclj ditiicult to get sou idequitel) io placed Iheicisno one on ni) stalf whom I shotil I bo more loth to lose thin ion but) ou has o mon impôt tant duties to fulfil Hit e ills ofpiopeitj ne sei) uni 01 tant, and i linn in y oin position ss lth ) otu ibihtie-, ought not to bo spending his tiineheie As to )oui house you knott thatMi 'lioffiylwd the icfusd of it is hens on took it, nul mci c1) lcfuscd it teni poiiuil) while )ou stcieheie Ho is stell le ss at dod toi his unselfishness foi nothing could possibl) bo in a bcttci state Am one still he oui) too glad to tike join house, if liclh)

cannot nfloid it '

Ihit need bono obstacle as I am full) pic paied to take his bill foi it without uiteicst and pi) able at is distant a (lite is ho pleases He can then pa) the pinchase nionc) b> mstnl ments I ost c lum at le ist this foi Ins geno

i osits in gis tug it up to mc on the foi mel occa

sion

llicniistci who took the class immediately belott Dick ss as pi onioted to take his class, the lacanc) being hllcd up lottei down ni the school Lsei)bo(l) st is uufcigncdl) sou) to lose Did The niasteis íegiettcd the loss of one of then most distinguished menibei s who possessed the fuithei meut of being the onl) ss eil know n old Cheltotinn numbcied unong them Hie Pnncipal indistdiially legiotteda most efficient suboidin ite and m old peisonnl fneild AU the heul bo)s m the elissied deputnient ssho eillioi stele oi li id boon hu pupils ie"ictted lum almost is much is the muston! But it ssas in his bo ii ding house th it his impending loss st as felt most Ile h id boen then patton and coach in all then games Ile h idiiused the house fiom the lost est depths to be one of the most pionuncnt houses in the college both in st oik mil pi ij Ile bid list i) s subset ibed libeially to the house funds, foi encket, foothill, und the like Ho had giscn them the ii»i¿v, and the Iueliei sseekl) pipéis

such as the 'satitutty the Spcüalo), the Alluna um and the Aialemy, it his owij c\ pense 1 notting tint the bo)s ssho clubbed togcthu foi n ess sp ipi is tt ei c sei) unlikelj to take in mi) thing but the penn) dulies, the spoiting nipeis ind the comic md lllusti dod pipeia Ile bad lent theni books fiom his own ubi us and illow ed them an occisión il g une of bilhaids on his t ible lhcii be had ilstajs been so i ead) to cntomage encigs or ambition m an) foi in, lind talen so much tiouble in helping bos s in then csciung piepiration, and li id ti cat ed them so much as his own famil)

The bo)s steie fin thei dicndfull) tioubled at the piospect of losing Ltcleen Hoi blight simios (foi Eieleon the stife of sesei ii )ints standing used to bestow these much moieficel) thin the sh) lesciscd 1 seleeii Dick li id un milled m the uiificqucuted O\foidshiio nlln0c) and sweet gooluatmo had beeomen soi t of dml) bi e id to them It st is st oi th st hilo to be ieill\ ill to hue such a elim nun" mu so

Wondit ful iccounta went ibout the house of the foi time into which Dick was about to step In tho inten ii the) pic]and to shoss then lcgud by gmng Lsclecn a handsome ung ss Inch, to then intense s itisf letion she piomised alw lys to wen and "lsin^, Dick a pin of soi) handsome pitted candlesticks, md a picsentotion cuelcet bat (supplied by old Jim Lill) st bite), with an appiopuito uiscuptioii on the bick J he misteis also gase lum a testimonial m the shape of a silsci ml stand , but what gi ntl lied him moic thm ail)tlnn^, eveept the gift to Dicken f i oin the bo) s in his house st us the piesent of a intgnificcnt diessmn tise fiom the sshole school, in acknowledgment of the sei

i ices he had done to (ho college ni gamea It isasthoioughl) stell dcsoi s ed because, not onl) hud ho been a most libcial subsciibci to the "bott loi s fund' (foi hu ing additional piofes sional bott leis), but also li id boen is good as in c-sti i pi ofcssion ii himself foi he ssas sciy little nifcuoi as ibowlci to the best of thom, uni knew infinitely nioio ibout bitting than an) of thom Then ho lind dso co iched the bo)s in nicquets md ¡,ot up house Ines, and m ide himself useful in a do/on othci ssa)s

'Hie townspeople, too steie ici) soily that the St Utuu ts weie going Imitations pom ed m upon theni to all kinds of entei taiiiincnts, mid a nunibei of gentlemen gase Dick a gi cat dinnei at tho club Dick and Ls cleon in tuin gase a fin ess eil ball on the night nftoi tho colie0c eoncci t All the boss in the houso weio lusitedto stvy behind i di) and bo piesent, nnd nein 1) all accepted suth delight Mm y Stalwait i line up toi the occasion People danced in the bo) s dimii0 hall and the picpiua tion loom, svlueh looked exeessiscly pi etty when shipped of then oidininy iccompuu ments and di aped with censo and bl lok-the old Cheltenham colonia-m illusion which was

not lost

Hie ne\t few da) s af tci this w ci c spent busily foi Dick and Ds cleen detei mined to get tin ou(,h as much picking is possible bcfoic they went home foi thou Christin is holida) s Then Esc leen bulo faiewell to Cheltenham Dick was to come back md finish the p ickmg aftei tho nest )Ctu had begun, m time foi Mi iiclfryto get settled befoi e the bo) s carne b lek

Ihey felt a good deal of legict in leasing Cheltenham-Dieleen because latleily she hail spent so many happy da)s then, Dick because his sojouin at his old school had been as it iseic a lcnewal of his boyhood Still ho felt intenso píeosme in lctiuninf, to the homo of his

fathcis and of his own youth, md Di cleon e\ peuenced a glow of pude in taking up hoi nest position She felt that thei e st as a diffoi euee (y ou ma) call the feeling a little snobbish if you like) between being the wife of an undei mastci es en at a gi eat public school, and being the ti lfo of a considerable squnc the lord of many acies, md the heir of in my mcestois Besides, she could not but bo conscious st hat a gain it it ould be to her childi cn to be bi ed up in the old nianoi house, amid csei) thing that money could command and among tho best and best boin in tue county, instead of in a ciowdod boys bonding house in a town Hie futuie sejuue would bo bl ought up as he would desne his own succcasoi to be, his sisteis would acquiie the peifection of biecdm¿ which dis tinguishcs the gi eat ladies of Lngland

So they want home

At the station the) st ci c mot by a di ig draw n by four young chestnuts, dus on bj Ali Stal wait himself, but befoie they had gone man) yards the nllageis li id unliainessed the hoiscs and seized the pole themselves, and so they st ci o diawn in tnumph to the gray old abbey on the

banks of the lees

Evelecn long i emembored liol iii st entry into the huge Gothic gatcsvay sshieh admitted carnages into the abbey piecincts-the gita house of )ore, and she long lcmembercd hoi fust entiy into the j,ic»t daik hall with its tombs of old abbots She stnsrathei asvestiuek by the gloom and majest) of the pile It svus too dusk to get a scry good siesv of the park

Cn UHR IV

CHRISTMAS D S.Y SS as held m great state All the tenants svere asked to dinnei in the great hall, once the chapel of the abbey The Lai 1 w*s spending his Chustmns in the house ho and all the family dined st ith the tenants J ho s^nds on the table included a tiemendous bai on of beef and sundi y bonis heads and mai lards a monster plum pudding and other old English Chnstraas dishos Hie health of the young mast« and mistress were, at the lyalls call, diunk with a three times thiee, and it st as fal into the morning before all the guests dispei sed Dick sitting among them to the last, ans«einig all then questions, asking otheis himself, and talking of old times

The gentiy ssei e not asked until Nesv Yeal s Day, when theie was a gi and dinner, followed bj a gi and ball Es ci yone of an) consequence foi miles lound canieon that night Hie Duke caine f i oin Baby, John Bowes ti oin Stic itlam, the Headlams the county member, and the famous bqune parson tho Lumleys and the Lambtons fiom osei the Duiham boidei Mr Hottittfiom Rokeby, the white han ed Bishop of the gi cat See of Duiham fiom Auckland Castle, and the jolly tawny beaidcd Noi thurn bi ian canon, whose name is is ssell known m Moah as in England, and in Damascus as in Durham These sveic onl) a few out of many

That first of Jannai ) st is a gi oat night

Eseleen who sat at the head of the table was taken in to dinnei by the Duke and hail the Bishop on hci othci hand Aftei dinnei the Duke pi oposed the health of the young wife, and the Bishop, m the name of the assembled guests, welcomed back tho husband, dwelling upon the distinguished honours, &c , sshieh ho had achictedat the TJniseisity, and the fan hopes svlnch the county had formed of his future. No allusion of course was made to the

oiigin or pause of his absence jfiom tho lan guage usul bj the spcikirs one would hue nifeiied that tho hen bael been ' seeing some thing of thenoild picxiousl} to assuming the el itics md i esponsibilitics of his position He lind been seeing something of the woild ' But he had not been shooting be us in Jîoiway, lions m B iib ii}, oi tigei s in Bengal He li id not been isiciiding the lîhine the Mississippi 01 the Am uon He had not climbed the Alps the Pyi enees, 01 Ai m at He hut not been wooing foi hine at Monaco Seville, 01 Horn bing He had not been milking t piogicss

like i Boinan legate tin ough the golden i egions of the East, acqtuung at each stage of his join ney new stoics of thccuiious the antique, and the costly Hu fathei s hall and di iw nig loom hld not been idoined 01 disfiguicd with licqnei, poiccliun, 01 papei fiom China 01 Jip in with noi} 01 siudnlwood fiom India with fish bonespcnis fiom the Southern îsl nuls with wuldics oi boomei lilias fiom the gie it

Southern continent His f ithei s coftcis ox lubited no dca ease pi open tie ned lo the length of his absence Dick li iel 1 een ' seeing the M oild," in the sense of seeing how people hie midsuppoitthen families who have no nncesti ti weilth to nive the way lie hal faced the pioblemof life existence by one s own excitions îîoiic of tho couitly speikcis had made im allusion tolus snuggling-the most honouuiblo pait of his life Not th it the stinging be li id to go tin ough w lsxeix soveie lo many of his contcmiioiaiics it eolkge lnsenicoi as school mastoi would lime been i eu eu of titi undi

nuy and unhoped foi success His ul\ mee had boen unusually uipid Ile had fallen among fneilds L\ciythin" tint I uidness oi considci ition eould do foi him had been done But ho was boin in the jim pie and gi cat cicdit was duo to him foi foicgoingwhit ho had foiegone and undcigomg whit he bul uneleigone Ho hld gone wlthout Hinch Hut was delightful to lum mil gime tin ough much that was irksome Few young men of his position and ougin would have done what he li id done and still f cw ci w otild liai e been »ipable of doing it is ho did His l'lincipil and his colleagues wci o all ícidy to attest how thoionghly ho bul pcifoimeil-uni not only pcifoiiucd but entcicd into-Ins duties As the Puneipal lud told him when he lcsigned his post, theio was no one on his stitt whom be could less alloid to sp no Scttun, asido the question whothci it xins light oi wiong foi ii niau of fillingo and diseution to many the w om m of Ins choice ig mist the w ill of a fathei who lefnsed to justify his piolubition by any pei son ii ncqiiiuutanco xuth tin object ngmist which it was launched he lind piouil the stuff ni linn by his divotion and consistency undei opposition, md the siculiccs winch lie had been w lllmg to make E\ eli en fell pi mid of a m image with ii man of such position uni fin proudei that he was xnlling to foi ego tint position in ouler to achieve Hut maiiiage She legiiidcd his dev otion is Kulai ought to bax o i eg ii (led Jneob's

As soon as the guests hal digested then diniici a move was made tow lids the balli oom, whcie Eveleen had tho pleasuie of dancing with most of tho jnmipise time) of the county

mel not i few of the oldei initiates who, tempted by hci uncommon eli nins oi bj adesnp togixe Dnk a good welcome home, solicited the hononi of n squni e '

Eveleen wiisiadiant xuth li mt} uid happi

noss, and with the splendid Slalwait diamonds ghttiung ni hci han looked the most distill gnished is well ¡us the loveliest m the loom Old Loid lliclimonelshii o was in ucat foi co

Isn t she a (1110011'' he isl ed (f tv oi y one lie felt no small pudo that bowns m a w ly the ¡mthoi of ill this foi it was on his jneht th it the i econciliiition had taken pi ice uid he li id been most studious ni his elim ts to hi mg ibout a meeting between fathei in 1 diui"htei m ] iw

Dick too was doing his shine of the d incing ïfot n few fin Yoikshne nils hal looked foiw nd with no little pic isiue to a lenewal of acqu iintant c with the y oung hen of St ?1 u} s Aubev , and although he w is now no lon^ei the eligible matth ho had been winn tliev met lum 1 ist, yet this veiy fact m ide then mimi icy the

moic uni call nined

Many of the company stijed in the house foi sexoi ildiys aftei the 3Sew Yen ami they had gicnt fun ovoiy night in 1 noel mg up dances mdpinnte tlicatiicals foi which Exe leen had a niitui al aptitude, nlthouji Dick w is is she said, a îcgnlai stick on the st ige Dick used to sav himself that the onh feeling ho could simulate was angci, uni tint then he w oi keel the simulation up to such a pitch th it it w as simulation no longci

Then the f,eiillomen li id a couple of day s' hunting JJicic weic some valuable hunteis at the Abbey, although they lind not been used much 1 itely Dick s fax oin ile evinced its pic i sine in can j mg linn again with all the ' Mt sonic signs w lueh cxistbetw cou a pel hoi se uid his nnstoi J ho hunting was cut shoil in a w ay w Inch none of the ladies i eu ot ted, although one oi two Ninnods weic henel to gi unible A lind fiost caine and the fio/en out penile men weio fain lo nccompuiy the ladies to skating Ginini pal ties and picnics they li id on the ice, no one but i dei otoo could wish himself in the hunting field when ho lellocteel th it the hist hunting el ly must inevitably put a stop to ill llieso cb u ming i euiuons

At last the company slipped aw ay one by one Dick had then soi îously to t ike into con sideiation an offci in ide lum byllu Linl, who was anxious that ho anil Lvelcen should come and keep houso foi linn it the hall whilst the Countess was away Ihcy weio to man ige cvciything connected willi the house ti eating lum is thou guest, but he wished to defiay iii expenses of the household 'Hie fact was that the oldman felt veiy lonely and w is willing to employ any intiliee to keep the young couplo aboiithim 'Dick mc mwlnlc ' he sud, "could be looking about foi a place "

E\ cleon uifccil Dick to accept the offci ¡She did not wish to cm o ich on Mai y Slalwiits position at home and Mi Stihwnt in Ins desne to innko up foi the past was disposed to ibdicate his kingdom as it weic in fax otu of his son and ilauglitei in law

Dick thoiefoicaccepted and the} went caily ni the spung to Richmond Hill leaving, howci ei, then eldest boy in eli uga of his unit and his gi andfathei

It was a gi cat pleasure to E\ cleon to be in the countiy again for f,ood aflei so many months m town anel csjieci lily to be in the country mspiing to witch foi the lust celan dinoa, to seo the binks "low blue with bugle andgcimandei bluebell indgiound ivy How she enojyed a ¡,illop ovoi the spungy tin £ in the cusp noithein an after the soft, wann, relaxing atmosphei e of Che ltenh mi to w atch Dick giving the little ones then hist lessons in nding, on the old black pony he hld ridden when a boy , to di ixe hei ponies unid the memoiablc scenes winch li id witnessed Dicks romance with I idy Muy ci ci} incident of which ho h id f uthfully confessed to hei, since the depaituie foi India

She became veiy populir in the county Evciyonc within calling dist ince hld cilled on her, and all had been elm mod with their reception , her manner disai me I jealousy, she looked so spiutcd and w as so pincions

Meanwhile her devotion to Dick had ni ci eased tenfold She was gi iteful to him foi all the new happiness ind plcasuica lie had introduced into hei life and fir moic so foi all the happiness and pleasuies winch she now s iw had been incidental to his position ind which he must thcrcfoic have dcpnvcd himself of during all the tune m which ho had been estianged fiom his people on her behalf She was beginning too to look cien moic lovely The active life and bracing an added a glow to hci cheek and an elasticity to hci step

She used to pay constant visits to the Abbey, of which she giew exti emcly fond Pi actic ii and sensible is she was she had a considerable spice of the îoinantic m bei composition, and "association had many chaims for hei fehe felt an inteiest in standing and musing in the looms in the Abbots Lodge tenanted for a night or two some ccntmles hack hy the mild Henry III, and tlio mighty I dw ud his son If legend weie tiue, Rosamond ChtFoid, so fan to an caibci Homy, had loved and haunted the millennial oaks of St Mary s Chase In the great hall ltichni d III a hero m the Noi th of England thou"h loathed as i monstei in the South, had many a time pal taken of the hospi tahty of the Abbot while when Duke of Gloucester, he was holding Bartnid Castle She liked to try and deciphei the lnseuptions on the Abbots tombs in the hall to point out to her childi cn the piscinae now di y for many a geneiation and the knee woin stones lound about xi bei e the altai had stood At hei special leanest a fine organ was put up in the li ill (which was as has been alieiuh stated foi merly the chapel of the Abbot s Lodge) and here, xvlnle the afternoons were dalk enough to hide the niti usions of modem domestic life she loved to pom out stiains of solemn old music, and to di op out in imagination the centuries that had mteivened since hist those sounds had been familial thei e It was a gi cat ti cat foi bei towandei iipaiuldownthecloisteis with then magmnccntintci lacedXonntnai ead mg, listening to her husband w hilo ho discoui sed of the life and poisonal lnstoiy of tlio ages in which those stiuctuies had been i eared-a discourse which his studies amply fitted him to delnei Evciy legend oi bit of gossip about the Abbey w as ckx.ii to hei She lov ed the old stones as if they had been hoi ancestors

{WtlX BE CONCLUDED El OUR hEXT.]