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it would come to the grandmother's ear, and cause more unpleasantness; and Kate blamed herself for opposing his wish that she should go home without him; because she thought this, in a degree, contributed to the quarrel. When he had spoken quietly to her on the subject, she saw the reasonableness of his request; and he put her on the car with her parcels, and saw her out of the town. He might have accompanied her a small part of the way, but he wished to buy her a present after she had left him; and wbile tying up this new purchase in a handkerchief, his two adversaries again came up, and he could not help thinking they had been watching him. He was therefore surprised and pleased to find that they seemed disposed to make up the quarrel, and be on friendly terms again; and as he wished this to be the case, and also did not desire that they should overtake the car on which Kate Conolly was, he was inclined to yield to their invitation to go to the common resort both for making up and commencing a quarrel--the public house. One erroneous step of these unhappy young people has led to anotherthey should never have gone to the fair ;-—they should have avoided the company they went in ;-Kate should never have left him ;-and he should never have suffered himself to be entangled with these men, and that alone.
. As they were both disposed to drink much more than he wished, he thought he could get away and leave them there; but though Delany appeared stapid, and inclined to linger, the other would not soffer bim to do so, but drew him away at the same time. Tennisson was very much annoyed at finding they were bent on keeping his company; but as he
was to turn off by a cross road to get to the place where his landlord was, he thought he could contrive to get so far with them peaceably. He soon began to find his situation, when he came to part at this place, would be unpleasant, if not dangerous, and therefore he was very glad, when they had come about half a mile of the road, to hear O'Toole exclaim that he had forgotten a bundle at the publichouse. He wanted them to turn back with him to get it, but Tennisson resolved to be firm in not doing so, and pleaded fatigue and haste. Delany was going back with him, but he called him aside and whispered something, and then desiring they would walk very slowly on, he said, as he was a good runner he would overtake them shortly. Tennisson cordially hoped this might not be the case before he had parted with Delany, for he says my warnings had often come to mind, and though he did not fear the assault of men in such a state as one of them at least was, he was anxious that no collision should take place between them. Instead, therefore, of walking slow, he hastened on as fast as he could, until he came to a road which would lead him by a much longer way to the place he wanted to go to, and he resolved to go by this instead of taking that which would keep him for about three miles further in Delany's company, although it was the direct one to the village where he was going.
On reaching this turn he bid his companion a hasty good nigbt. Delany was scarcely able to notice his departure; and as it was becoming very late, John walked on as fast as he could, till he reached his journey's end, where with some difficulty he got admitted into a house, and threw himself into bed, saying he must be off at break of day. Before he rose, however, the policemen came in and seized him. He asked what he had done, and they laughed, and said he was very simple about it.
"This is poor John's statement,' the rector concluded with a sigh ; "and certainly it seems straightforward enough
Oh! he will soon be released,' we cried. He shook his head. 'You would be astonished,' he said, at the different impression made by the examinations taken at the inquest. The first is that of O'Toole, who says in the usual way, that he knew the deceased, and had been for years on most intimate and friendly terms with him; that on Tuesday last he accompanied him and John Tennisson to the fair ; that knowing an ill-will subsisted between them, he wished to keep them apart, but that he and the young woman who was with him joined them to take some refreshment in the evening; that a violent quarrel then took place, and that fearing the prisoner would fasten the door and keep them within, he got his back to it until the people of the house came in, when the young woman being very much frightened, Tennisson took her away directly, saying that Delany, being her relative, might thank her for getting off so well that time; but that he might meet him again, when escape would not be so easy.
“The people of the house being called, corroborated this testimony, and deposed to these words having been used; adding, that the girl put her hand on the prisoner's arm, and said, “ Hush, John dear; don't get yourself and me into more trouble :” to which he answered, that if she was not with him
the case would be different; and that he was in a violent passion going out, but had nothing in his hand.
• The examination of O'Toole was then resumed, who said that the prisoner was very anxious to get the girl to go back without him, which he at last succeeded in, and then he joined them again. They walked together about half a mile, when the witness found he had left a bundle, containing some things he got at the fair, at a public-house in the town; he wanted the prisoner to go back with him, but he said he was too much tired, but that he would walk slowly on with the deceased, or sit down to rest until he overtook them. Delany would have gone with him, but after what the prisoner said he refused. O'Toole went back alone, and was detained longer than he expected in seeking for his parcel; he then hurried after the two men, but they must have walked exceedingly fast; he is considered a very fast runner, and ran most of the way, but saw no traces of them until he found the deceased lying on the road side. He was dreadfully alarmed, and ran back to the town: he does not know what he said at first about it; Tennisson did not tell him he had to go another way, and he does not know how the police found he had gone in that direction instead of going to his home.
The people of the public-house were called, who deposed to the truth of this part of the statement, and said O'Toole shewed great anxiety to get back, saying he wished to overtake the two men who had gone before him.
Not one witness appeared in poor John's favour, and the only favourable circumstances I know, is,
that Kate was aware of his intention of going to to see his landlord, and let me know of it. Her testimony, however, will not be of much avail. It is indeed a singular affair, and it is still more so that the unfortunate man's body should be found not more than fifty yards from the turn which Tennisson should have taken as his direct road, but which he asserts he did not go on to, but turned off by one nearer to the town, but which it seems improbable that any one should take at that hour of the night, being fully double the distance. If it could be proved he went that road it would be clear that he must have parted with Delany before his death took place; but it is a mysterious business. May He with whom is no darkness at all make it clear, nor suffer the guiltless to perish, if indeed he is guiltless.'
'I trust there is no danger,' I observed. The rector looked very grave.
• If abundant evi. dence can condemn,' he said, “Tennisson will be condemned; there is a cloud of witnesses against him; in fact, by the coroner's inquest he is condemned already.'
Nanny turned to the window and shed tears; and as Mr. Hastings, and I believe myself too, were regarding her with concern at her emotion, she said • Papa, what did Kate do ?'
Poor girl! she was unable to see Tennisson, so she wandered about in the town, making inquiries, and listening to reports, which aggravated her sufferings a thousand-fold: but when I was coming away I found her waiting at the gate ; she drew close to me, and said, in her simple yet somehow impressive manner, “ Is he innocent, sir?” I replied, I could not tell. She looked disappointed, and said,