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ditions of men. “Brune, a glass last. After he ceased to bow and of champagne? Brune, we've talk, he rested his head on his not taken wine!" were continually hand, and continued his bland the invitations addressed to him. smile of hospitality, though rather Christy Arabin, now relieved of the less expressively than before. dread of having him for a son-in- The most delightful ceremonies law, and grateful for his late rescue must conclude, and Clutterbuck's of Violet, indulged his predilection dinner, after wending its glorious for Arthur, and made overtures to way through turtle and mulligaconverse with him.

tawney, thence to callipever, moun“Fine young man that,” said old tain mullet, and flying-fish, then Christy, in a low voice, to his neigh- again to ragouts of turtle, alligator's bour the colonel, after failing for eggs, fricasseed iguana, and other the third or fourth time to provoke native entrées, next culminating in Brune's conversation.

saddle and sirloin as at home, subThe most promising I know, in siding into wild guinea-fowl and the regiment or out of it. If he wood-pigeons, and winding up with escapes the perils of this place and mango tarts, shaddock fritters, pinethis society-as I believe he will, apple jelly, and creams and sweets for he has sense and firmness—his ad infinitum, came to an end. The name will be better known than it grace was said, the cloth withis now.”

drawn, the mess mahogany shone “No, none of that stuff,” said out well rubbed for the occasion, Gervaise to a servant who offered and the decanters and dessert took him curry—“none of that; I've got their turn. Christy Arabin himself, a very pretty thirst on me without.” in a neat speech, proposed Captain But Tom immediately repented of Clutterbuck's health, and long life his forbearance, and called after the to him, after enumerating his many man, “Hollo ! come back here; it virtues and illustrious achievelooks amazingly good—I'll have a ments. Clutterbuck expended his little;” and so it was with every- last effort of will in keeping his thing presented to him.

legs for three minutes, and giving Clutterbuck tried to look cool, vent to a flow of oratory remarkand to do the honours in a man- able rather for the fusion of its ner becoming the occasion. In the words and the repetition of its first endeavour he was not success- phrases than for force or originaliful; in the second he succeeded as ty. Nevertheless, it must certainly long as his faculties lasted. Ima- have possessed merit of some kind, gining it to be his duty to set a for, as Clutterbuck sank once more great ensample of making merry into his chair, the cheering was (where, indeed, no man required vociferous, and the rapping and either practice or precept to prompt rattling could hardly be induced to him), he was incessant in his invi- stop. tations to take champagne, and As Tom Gervaise became now the number of glasses he got less busy than he had been for the through was astonishing, consider- last hour and a half, he once more ing what a sober and regular man delighted the admiring ensign with he was.

Pat Shane remarked, his affability, and sought to illuminthat “if mere instinct could do so ate the tyro's mind. much, what might not such a man “Is that archdeacon a clever man, achieve if liberally educated! But, Captain Gervaise ?” asked the lad. then, Clut had no proper ambi- "Wonderfully so," replied Tom. tion, and would not cultivate his He doesn't look it, though he talent.” The task which he had has a good appetite and takes his set himself for this exceptional wine kindly. What's his line ?” occasion was certainly herculean,

“Sermons and general science," and Clut's gallantry succumbed at said Tom.

" Ah, I don't read that sort much, midnight. He knows a good many but I read lots of advertisements, and things, but law isn't one of them.' don't recollect his name. Do you “How did he get a government remember any recent production ?” appointment, then ?”

Gervaise paused to examine his Because he was bankrupt in memory, and then said, “ He is pocket and reputation, and just the bringing out an interesting treatise sort of reprobate that unscrupulous on the digestibility of land-crabs, ministers send out to draw colonial and their pretensions as an article salaries and degrade colonial courts :, of food. Didn't you observe him at not a bad fellow though," said Tom. dinner practising what he preaches, “Listen ; he is going to sing." and tucking them in one after And Acting Judge Blake, whose another?"

mercury now stood at an exceed“ Didn't he! But why is it ingly genial and large-hearted temnecessary to write about them ? perature, sang with much expression I suppose people here know per and no voice a popular Irish melody, fectly well whether land-crabs agree which appeared to give the greatest with them or not without a clergy. satisfaction. The learned gentleman's voucher !”

man then, in right of his melodious “The book is supposed,” said achievement, called upon Captain Tom, " to be a reply to his wife, Clutterbuck' to sing himself in, who won't let him eat them (though making a very humorous speech in he doats on 'em), because they humble imitation of Counsellor killed his predecessor. He doesn't Curran. But, far from being able dare to contradict her to her face." to sing, Clut could scarcely articu

** The deuce! what a spoon! Is late; and two or three of his friends, she an Amazon ?"

of whom Arthur Brune was fore“That little delicate woman you most, having requested Mr Knox to were talking to the other night at take the chair, escorted the newold Lopez's, with her dress so terri- made captain to his quarters, where bly scanty at both ends !"

they carefully undressed him and " That his wife! why, she's as placed him in bed, setting a light gentle as a dove; and such spicy near, and a glass of weak brandyankles! By Jove, Captain ! you and-water within his reach ; and don't mean to say he's afraid of Arthur Brune threatened Clut's such a little duck as that !”

domestic with very dreadful pains “ You should see,” said Tom, and penalties if he should defraud " the milliners' bills that he has to his unconscious massa of one drop pay to soothe her. It costs three of the mixture. Arthur did not refourths of his income to keep her turn to the mess-table that night, indecent."

and many of the graver guests like“I thought her the very picture wise withdrew, leaving a numerous of neatness. Hasn't she nice feet, invincible phalanx, who resolutely though, and ankles, and, for the mat closed their ranks towards the head ter of that

of the table, and never allowed a “For shame, young man!” said blank chair' to hint for an instant Tom Gervaise.

that the evening was growing old. The ensign coloured scarlet, and Perfect enjoyment could not, howrapidly changed the subject. ever, be said to be attained until the

"And who's that vivacious little colonel, having risen, invited some squinting man in spectacles, Cap- of the elder officers to take coffee tain ?

at his house. He included Arabin" That; oh, that's Lawyer Blake, and Melhado in his invitation; but now acting judge—a broth of a boy.': these gentlemen, it appeared, were

“Very learned, I daresay?' under engagement to play a game of "In a cockpit or at picquet you

cards in Mr Knox's rooms. Christy can't match him, especially after was just beginning to feel himself


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a boy again, and did not consider Ye must chant, Tom, me boy. I'll any man his friend who desired to tell ye now; be the ghost of Moses, take him home before morning. It I'll give ye a clane new shirt if ye'll was in those days the custom of sing us a song!” every mess in Jamaica to allow the “You haven't got credit for a introduction of cigars and brandy- shirt in all Jamaica," said Tom; and-water after a certain hour in you're obliged to send to Ireland the evening. No sooner, therefore, for home-spun linen, or you'd go had the colonel and his companions naked. You don't fancy I'd wear departed, than each man began to such stuff as that!” blow his cloud and to require a “ Calico houlds the dirt better, tumbler and some iced water. The and so ye prefer it, I'm thinking, singing recommenced with spirit, replied Pat, whereupon Tom showed and became very hearty and humor- the head of his stick above the

It would be easy to name table as a caution. and publish several choice melodies Mr Knox, from the chair of which were performed on this oc state, made proclamation that there casion with unbounded applause. should be one more song all round, They are, however, suppressed, un and then an adjournment to his der the fear that they might be less apartments to enjoy coffee and palatable to the refined reader than chicken-hazard, or any innocent rethey were to the jolly companions creation which gentlemen might who heard them. The learned act prefer. ing judge was frequently called up Only one more !!" echoed seon, and never in vain. Pat Shane's veral voices discontentedly, canticles were remarkable rather for member he said all round !" put in boisterousness than for prudery. Pat Shane," and round things have Even old Christy, after his first no end ; so clear your chanters and tumbler, became infected with the begin. Here's an ould cock that'll spirit of harmony, and poured forth crow with any of ye yet,” saying his soul in a ditty which did little which he smote Christy Arabin credit to his taste and his grey hairs, smartly on the back; for in the but which delighted his hearers various disturbances which had remore than anything they heard cently taken place in the symposial from their contemporaries.

system, Pat's orbit had been erratic, Captain Thomas Gervaise was not and he had finally gravitated to addicted to singing, and the ad- Christy's elbow. vanced bacchanal next him seldom This last circuit of the muse was used his voice in any way after five of course the most remarkable of o'clock in the afternoon. These the evening. Earlier efforts might two respected gentlemen were there have excelled in grace or sentiment, fore understood to be excused from but in respect of massive power, vocal obligations. But Pat Shane unassisted by art or ornament, the viewed their exemption with ex- palm was unquestionably due to the treme disapprobation, and even crowning round. Many of its songs railed at Tom for the honourable required a chorus, and all the others privilege which he enjoyed, saying, obtained that support, whether they “ Tom, y'unmelodious ould monu- required it or not. Finally, in rement, how can ye remain silent futation of any censorious cynics when there's every incintive to har- who might insinuate that the orgies mony? Your face is loike the lion's had been prolonged to exhaustion head on a waterpipe, and gives out or excess, the whole band filed down no sound but the gurgling and gulp- the mess-room steps and on to ing of fluids. Here we've been Knox's rooms, raising a chant in piping to ye like them blessed praise of punch, as fresh as those babbies in the market-place, with. Normans who advanced to Hastings out projuicing the desired effect. fight singing the songs of Rollo !






"WELL, it's to be hoped she's go- who was walking demurely by his ing to do well for herself-that's all side, but who certainly did prick we've got to do with it, eh ?” up her ears at this little bit of “I suppose so," said Mr Wode

She saw very well that he house; "she's nothing to you, is she, had looked at her, but would take but a little girl you've taken a deal no notice of his glance. But Lucy's of notice of ?—more notice than was curiosity was notably quickened, wanted, if I am any judge. If she notwithstanding St Roque's Cottage does go and marry this fellow from was wonderfully handy, if the perAustralia, and he's willing to take petual curate of the pretty suburb the whole bundle back to where and church saw anything worth they came from, it is the best thing visiting there. Lucy drew up her that could happen, in my opinion. pretty shoulders in her grey sisterSly young dog that doctor though, of-mercy cloak, and opened her blue I must say — don't you think so ļ eyes a little wider. She was still Well, that's how it appears to me. in circumstances to defy her reveLet's see; there was Bessie -; rend lover, if his eyes had declined hum! perhaps it's as well, in pre- upon lower attractions than her sent circumstances, to name

She looked very straight benames. There were two, in the fore her with unpitying precision first instance, you know; and the down the road, on which St Roque's way he got out of that was beauti- church and cottage were becoming ful; it was what I call instructive, already visible. The whole party was that. And then—why then, were walking briskly over a path there was Miss Marjoribanks, you hard with frost, which made their know — capital match that — just footsteps ring. The air was still the thing for young Rider-set him with a winterly touch, benumbed up for life.”

with cold, yet every sound rang " “ Papa, pray - pray don't talk sharply through that clear cloudless nonsense,” said Miss Wodehouse, atmosphere, reddened without bewith gentle indignation. “Miss Mar- ing warmed by the sun as it apjoribanks is at least ten years proached the west. It was Christ

“Oh, stuff !—keep your old-maid- mas again, and they were wending ish memory to yourself, Molly; who their way towards St Roque's to cares for a dozen years or so ? assist at the holiday decorations, Hasn't she all the old Scotchman's for which cartloads of laurel and practice and his savings !—and a holly had been already deposited fine woman yet—a fine woman, eh? within the church. Lucy WodeWell, yes, I think so; and then house was chief directress of these here this little wretch of a sister-in- important operations. Her sister law. Why, the doctor's taken your had accompanied her, partly to adrôle, Wentworth, eh? Well, I sup- mire Lucy's work, and partly to pose what ought to be your rôle, you call at the cottage and see how know, though I have seen you cast- Nettie was going on. Mr Wodeing glances at the strange little house himself had come merely for creature yourself.”

the pride and pleasure of seeing “ Indeed, I assure you, you are how much they were indebted to entirely mistaken," said Mr Went his little girl; and the attendance worth, hastily, with a sudden flush of the curate was most easily exof either indignation or guilt. The plainable. It was, indeed, astocurate glanced at Lucy Wodehouse, nishing how many extremely neces

sary and natural “calls of duty” the look of a child, to receive her should bring Mr Wentworth's path caress. Nettie was as unconscious parallel to that of the Wodehouses. that Miss Wodehouse's unusual This is why they were all proceed- warmth was meant to make up for ing together on this particular after- Lucy's careless greeting, as that noon in the week before Christmas Lucy had passed her with a positive towards St Roque's.

flutter of resentment and indignaIn the church, when the party tion, and that she had been the subarrived, a little group of workers ject of the conversation and thoughts were busy. The chancel arch was of all the party. Miss Wodehouse already bristling with glossy holly turned with her, taking Freddy's leaves. At a little distance from other hand—a proceeding to which the active group occupied with this that hero rather demurred. They pleasant work, and full of chatter went out together to the frosty road, and consultation, as was natural, where the fair willow branches stood one little figure pointing out rustled between the church and to two children the wonders of that the cottage. When they reached the decorative art. Every one of the porch of St Roque's, Nettie instincnewcomers, except Mr Wodehouse, tively held her breath, and stood recognised Nettie before she was still for a moment. Along the footaware of their presence. She stood path in front of them a big figure with her bonnet fallen a little back, was passing, and beyond that beardas it generally was, either by en ed shadow the doctor's drag flew counter of the wind, or by the quan- past with all the separate tones of tity and luxuriance of her beautiful the horse's feet, the wheels, the hair, looking upwards to the point jingle of the harness, ringing clear where she had directed the chil- through the sharp unsoftened medren's eyes. She looked a little dium of that frosty atmosphere. forlorn and solitary, as was natural, The doctor himself had all his atall by herself, so near that group of tention concentrated upon the winbusy girls in the chancel-so little dows of the cottage, in which the separated from them by age, so sun was blazing red. He did not entirely divided by circumstances. see Nettie in the church porch. If a certain softening of half-tender He was looking for her too intently pity shone in the curate's eye, could in the crimsoned windows, to which Lucy Wodehouse blame him? But he turned his head back as he dashthe fact was, Lucy swept past the ed on. Unawares Nettie clasped little Australian with a very brief the fingers of her little companion salutation, and burst into sudden tighter in her hand as she watched criticism of the work that had been that unexpected homage. The drag done in her absence which startled was out of sight in another moher collaborateurs, while Mr Went- ment; and in a few seconds more worth followed her into the chancel the bell of the cottage pealed audiwith a meekness quite unusual to bly, and the door was heard to open, that young priest. Nettie noted admitting the Bushman, who had both circumstances with a little sur come upon one of his frequent prise ; but, not connecting them in visits. That last sound disturbed the most distant degree with her- Nettie's composure, and at the same self, turned round with a little time brought her back to herself. twitch of Freddy's arm to go away, “I cannot ask you to go in, for and in doing so almost walked into Mr Chatham is there, and Susan the arms of her older and more of course talking to him," said Netfaithful friend. Miss Wodehouse tie, with a quiet breath of restrained kissed her quite suddenly, touching impatience, “but I should like to with her soft old cheek that rounder, talk to you, please. Let me take fairer, youthful face, which turned, the children home, and then I will half wondering, half pleased, with walk up with you. Mrs Smith is

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