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But alas, this was easier said casian had picked up a bit of our than done, like most things in language, and preferred the long this world of words. When I had bits. He rolled his fine eyes, which put myself into choice apparel, with were big enough for mill-stones, and hat and tie exhibiting my College in his still bigger mind revolved the colours — which we should have sounds which had vainly reached carried to the head of the river, his ears. “What are you up to if fate had not swept me from now?” I amended my enquiry ; the New College boat—and when and having heard the milk-boy say I had impeached that fate again, something to that tune, when they for not affording me my brother declined so much of heaven in his Harold's face, yet resolving to braz- cans, he bowed his head magnifien it out, had appeared inside the cently, and said, “ All right.” lower door of St Winifred's strong- This is the first consolation found hold (which I knew how to open by a foreigner in our language. It by the owner's counsel)- instead of is courteous to ourselves as well, finding things in their wonted peace,
and shows confidence in our counorderly, picturesque, in statuesque try. repose, at a glance I descried a very “What a fool you are !” I cried warlike change.
with a Briton's low ingratitude ; There was Stepan with a long and then I saw the stately figure of gun, and cartridges enough in the Sûr Imar coming towards me. This bandoleer on his braided frock, to King of the mountains looked as account for all the civic force, as calm as if he had been girded with well as half of Aldershot; and be- ancestral snow. There was no sort hind him a score of fellows no less of weapon in his broad white belt, martial. Both the gigantic dogs and no menace worse than a hospiwere loose, and equally resolute table smile upon his large fair counagainst invasion; even little Allai tenance. He took me by both was in a clump of trees, with a hands, with a tenderness for the dagger as long as himself in both left, which proved how kind his hands, and his white teeth ground memory was, and led the way to a against all Albion.
seat beneath the ivied wall, and In the name of wonder, what looked at me, as if he liked could be in the wind ? Just like my luck of course it was, at a most “I have been expecting you for important moment, to hit upon many days,” he said ; and nothing something far more momentous to but a little turn of voice just here the very people I was come to and there could have led one to
suppose that he was not of English “Good Stepan, I pray thee to birth ; "why have you never come communicate unto me the signifi- to show me whether I am a good cation of the matters I behold.” physician ?” For I knew that this trusty Cau- I gave him all true reasons, that
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I had been away, and occupied with go on unless there is fear of harma number of home-cares when at ing her.” home, and I spoke of my parents
“There is fear of harming her, in a way which he approved; and very great fear of it. Perhaps you then I was led on by his kindness have the right to know. That deso that I asked whether he was pends upon yourself. Tell me, for quite at leisure.
I am at a loss to understand, how “Even more than usual,” he long this has been, and how it can answered with a smile. “We have have happened ; for surely it is of stopped our little operations for short opportunity.” the afternoon; because we have “That is true enough, and too been admonished by a kind friend true;" for although it had been that some little attack upon our going on with me for months, place may be expected."
there had not been half the oppor“Well, you are a cool hand!” tunities I longed for ; " but it has was almost upon my lips; but a been growing very rapidly, Sûr glance at him prevented any per- Imar, although there have been so sonal remark. He was not the few interviews, and the first of sort of man to be dealt with thus them quite a one-sided one. In But I resolved at least to be fact, I have had very little chance straightforward with him.
as yet-one occasion I lost alto“Sûr Imar, I must not come gether, and I did not make the here under false pretences, The best of another. Oh no, I have fact is simply this, and I wish to scarcely had any proper chances tell you first, for no blame can yet.” possibly attach to her, and I have “Be thankful that it is so, my not told her of it. But I love friend. It will be my duty to preyour daughter, Dariel."
vent their increase.” Dariel's father He looked at me with some sur- smiled at his own words, with a prise, but no sign of resentment; sense of humour which I did not and I met his clear gaze firmly, share. “But just have the kindtrying at the same time to look ness, for I have the right to know, braver than I felt, for he took a to tell me how there can have been long time before he answered. any interviews at all. My daughter
Ah, you little know what you has been brought up in England are bringing upon yourself. For partly, and resembles in many the sake of your friends you must points an English young lady, overcome-you must put it down rather than a Lesghian; butat once; before it gets stronger, “It has never been any fault of quench it. For the sake of all hers at all. Altogether my fault, who love you, and all your hopes what little fault there has been. in life, you must conquer it, abol- But I hope, if you don't encourage ish it, annihilate it. You are me, Sûr Imar, you will take good man of strong will, if I have any care not to let any body else.” knowledge of the English face.” “That is rather a surprising deHis tone and manner were of mand ;" he spoke so gravely that friendly advice, rather than of it was my turn to smile at the stern forbiddance.
modesty of my own request. "I know my own mind on this cause you are prohibited, all the subject," I replied, "and nothing world must be so. But tell me will alter it. Whatever the con- how you fell into this sad mishap." sequence may be to myself, I shall “That I shall never consider it,
Sûr Imar, however hopeless my leisurely style — for nothing ever prospect may be. Already I feel made him hurry—“there is that my life has been exalted, my thing I have forgotten. Fasten up standard elevated, my character in the dogs. I was ordered especially every way
you that; otherwise the poor “I am sorry to hurry you, Mr things may be shot." Cranleigh, in the course of your “Dogs must take their chance in self-congratulations; but some in- a conflict of mankind. But I leave vasion of our refuge may be ex- them to you, Mr Cranleigh." I knew pected now at almost any moment. not then that the true Caucasian is And afterwards there may not be never brought up to love animals, good opportunity of speaking." and I wondered to find him so un
Thereupon I told him, as briefly just. If a man likes to rush into a as I could, how my admiration first conflict, well and good. But to let began, and how it had become a dog sacrifice himself to loyal feelentire devotion, in spite of the ing, appears to me unrighteous on niggardly occasions it had found, the master's part. So I ran for my and that now I set before me life, and caught Kuban and Orla but one object in the world, and (who would have rushed pointcared not for obstacles, denials, blank at the muzzle of a cannon), scruples, opinion of others, or per- and with much difficulty, and some dition of myself—in for it I was, help, thumped them into their and go through with it I would. kennels. Then he stopped me, as if I spoke Meanwhile the kicking at the at random.
upper door, and the shouting of “Did you begin it, sir, in this hoarse voices, and the hoisting of lofty manner? Were all these fine coned heads between the ivied sentiments already in your mind, battlements, were waxing every when you peeped through the hedge moment; and so was the ferocity at my daughter ?”
of the warriors inside, who had not "Sir, you exaggerate that small enjoyed a fight, perhaps, ever since proceeding; and I am not a bit they came to England, the country ashamed of it now," I replied, “be- of policemen, who mainly beat cause of the glorious results it has white gloves. But the master of produced.”
the place ordered all his henchmen “I am a little inclined to think back, and made them stand their that I hear a thumping”-in my murderous guns against the peaceful heart there was one of the biggest ivy. thumpings ever known, as I defied Then he swang on its pivot the him thus, and he disarmed me in bar of the door, which had been that manner. “Is it the arrival of readjusted since Slemmick dashed your Civic Force ?"
through, and throwing it wide he The Peelers, the Coppers, the stood among the foes, and spoke. Bobbies, there they were, beyond “ This is a very great commotion all doubt; and I believe that I you are raising. Is there law in shall pay the Police - rate — our this land, that such things are tribute to the powers invisible- allowed ?” for the rest of my life without a We beheld large force of congrowl, because of the moment of stables outside, as if much resisttheir knocking at that door. ance had been expected; and some
“Stop, sir,” I shouted, as the of the mounted police were present Prince was marching off, in his to intercept any runaway. “Sir,
there is law in the land; and under the working departments. Perhaps it I hold a search-warrant of these you will encourage your men to premises, with orders to arrest all search; while I am proving it persons here, in case of certain dis- needless. That would be of a coveries. Sergeant, you will see piece with your other arrangements. that no one leaves the place with. That is not your style of business? out my permission. Now, sir.” Nay, but feeding is. I perceive
Exhibiting his warrant, the chief that your men have walked far, officer fixed keen eyes upon Sûr good sir. I entreat you to let Imar's face, and scanned with stern them recruit their strength. Stepan, suspicion the tranquil smile and the bring two more chairs this way. very peaceful aspect. “To the mill Gentlemen, I hope that you can first! To the mill at once !” he manage roast-beef cold. If the date shouted, with some show of temper, had been more definite, we could being annoyed, as I could see, by have shown more hospitality.” the calmness of this reception. “These things are beyond my “Sir, will you have the kindness understanding,” said the officer, to inform me why the mill is not gazing at his men, who stood at work, as usual ? ”
strictly at attention, with eyes very “It was scarcely worth while, right for the great sirloin ; "I when I expected you, to begin have never been more astonished work, and then be interrupted.' in life. Will you give me your
“You expected me, sir ? What word, sir, that no one shall leave the devil do you mean?” cried the the place? Then I see no good officer, as one in a fury.
reason against a little refreshment, “For some little time,” Sûr Imar while you are explaining this answered, with one of his most strange state of things to majestic bows, “I have looked Members of the Force, all fall to! forward to this pleasure ; but until Ha, what perfect discipline !” this morning I could not be sure I scarcely know when I have of the hour most convenient to been more pleased, in my
way But according to a proverb of regarding things, than I was at of your country, better late than that moment to see everybody connever,' sir.
The mill is at your verted from the track of war, as one service, and all that it contains. I might say, to the course, or (as have also provided some refresh- might be considered even better, ment for your men. Not such as when the fork takes its place as the I could wish, but what you call knife's better half) the chairs—the rough and ready.'”
comfortable dining chairs of peace. “And you have laid it out in Gallant as any known soldier on the mill! The very place we were the globe, which can show more to have broken up ! Of course, varieties of them, than of soil or you have had time to clear every- climate, is the true British Peeler thing away. It is a farce, sir, a in quest of promotion; and these
, , farce, to carry out our orders now." were all picked men, as they soon
“ It would be that at any time, began to prove; and a warm sense for you never should have received of Providence arose within me, them. There is in this country, at the privilege of seeing them though the constitution is the pitch into the victuals, instead of noblest in the world—which gener- storming Caucasus. ally means the least corrupt-very “I am not intelligent of British imperfect communication between manners,” quoth Sûr Imar to the
chief officer, “as if I had the honour, without perfect satisfaction as to sir, of belonging to your island. the question which brought you But so far as å foreigner may here. You have exhibited the understand your race, I trust that common - sense, the self- restraint, they will make progress now.” and the consideration which English
"Like a house on fire," replied officials alone display. You perthe officer with a bow, and perhaps ceived that it would be what you some inclination to do better with call a farce, to search the suspected his lips, than discipline as yet en- premises, when you found that your couraged. “Sir, I understood that visit was expected. But the genyou were going to show me some- darmery of any other country would thing."
have wreaked their anger and dis“Sir, in my native land we have appointment upon the suspected a manner, suggested perhaps by the objects. They would have shatrigour of the climate, of producing tered my machinery, sir; and that a savoury broil at short notice. would have been a heavy blow to Measures to that effect were taken, me. I have naturally been indigupon your first application at my nant at the low suspicions enterdoor; and if you will do me the tained of me. Otherwise I would honour of coming to my room, I have routed them, by referring would ask for the advantage of your chiefs to the Foreign Office. your opinion on that subject. I One word there would have saved trust that Mr George Cranleigh will all this trouble.
But now you join us.”
shall understand this mighty secret; “Mr Cranleigh! Is this Sir and so shall Mr Cranleigh, if he Harold Cranleigh's son ?” the officer cares to know it." enquired, and a very gentlemanlike With these words our kind host expression, which had been dawn- left the table, and crossed the room ing on his austere features, became to a large cupboard, which he unestablished there for the rest of the locked, and took from it a box conday. “After you, sir. After you !” taining things that jingled. This with a bow that did credit to the box he placed between us with the Force, he protested ; and soon he cover off, and we saw a quantity of held his own in a spirited discussion small metallic objects, of very queer upon the most effective form dis- forms and various construction, like covered for a carving-knife. pieces of a Chinese puzzle. Sûr
“Well, sir, what report am I to Imar stood regarding us with make ?” he asked, in a very proper smile ; for he saw that neither of frame of mind, when now there was us was a whit the wiser. little left, and still less wanted; “Those are the products of my “according to instructions, made mill," he said ; "no very portentous strict search of suspected premises, secret; but it might be fatal to my encountered no resistance, found object, if my little scheme were to nothing in contravention of the law, find its way prematurely into the but excellent dinner prepared for public Press. Therefore, I will ask
Embraced the opportunity, you, Mr Officer, not to enter this in according to precept and example of your report, though you are at superior officers; found no occasion liberty to mention it in confidence to take any one in charge, and know to your chief. Mr Cranleigh, I am no more than we knew before." sure, will not speak of it at all, if I
“You shall know more than you put it to him so. Now, what do knew before. You shall not return you call these little things ?”