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those and greater errors he had pine-apples, apricots, pears, &c., redeemed by having a grandson as would confront the poor foreigner unlike him as possible.
next August if he dared to attempt This young nobleman (for so he a landing. might be called) had many very My father was sca
carcely so sanexcellent and amiable points. He guine, but said, “Let them have was gentle, generous, and upright, their try, George, if rich people find more eager to please than is alto- the money. Things can be no worse, gether safe, except in a very rustic and some poor fellows may find neighbourhood; and even less con- employment for the winter. Perceited and affected in his manners haps Mr Stoneman will take it up." than a young man of good looks, Stoneman, however, instead of fair position, and literary tendencies doing that, showed an unaccountought to be, for his friends to con- able contempt and bitterness, not sider him natural. Everybody in only towards the scheme itself, our village said that without Far- but all who took any share in it. mer Jarge to certify it, they never There seemed to be something in the could have taken his Lordship for matter that touched him far more a Lord; though, considering the closely than any question of agriculBoards, and the Hyænas this and ture. Was it Lord Melladew's long that, and the Parson that couldn't sojourn at the “Bell," and his freturn his coat-tails up till a second- quent visits at our cottage ? Even ary motion put him into his own now, with this young man his guest chair in the Vestry, there was no for the day, and behaving most incall for any one to feel surprise if offensively, the grim stockbroker the great folk came down, and made marched on in such a manner, that the little ones go up. Lord Mella- I thought it my duty to remondew also was enthusiastic as to the strate. " You haven't shot him delights of country-life, and the yet,” I said, as we stood behind glories of British industry; and this the others, " because it is not dark helped him much with my sister, enough. But if he gets peppered who never could understand why in the dusk, I shall know whose we should be starved by foreign pot it came from.” produce, when the land, and the Stoneman gave me a grin, and people, and the sky above our heads behaved a little better, and did his were exactly the same as she could best to be polite at luncheon-time, remember always, and there was and after the narrow shaves of the as much to pay for everything as morning things went
carefully; for the men who knew But our young nobleman proved nothing about a gun had most clearly, with an elegant sonnet learned to be afraid of it. Until, in the Cobham Comet,' entitled with the sun setting low behind a “Sit down to your own desserts,” wood, we came to a bit of gorsethat prosperity was to return to our land having a steep fall towards a land, and the Frenchman and Pel- valley, favourite harbour for a fox, gian be blown away by volleys of in the days when my chief business grape- and apple-shot from the bul- was such pleasant sport and jollity. wark of Britain at Farmer Bandi- There were narrow rides cut through low's farm. Half a million fruit- the furze down hill, and across them trees would be planted in October, tussocks of welted fern, and strigs and ten million bushels of apples, of moots that cropped up again, after melons, peaches, plums, grapes, the fuelling had been cleared.
“Why, this is the place where of all, as I said, about Lord Mellathe yellow bunnies live," said dew, who strode along so poetically, Stoneman, as he opened a gate clad in green velveteen, beautifully for us, and we stood on the crest made, but terminating unluckily in of the furzy slope. “I know a very smart buff gaiters short and man, and a clever fellow too, who
spruce concerning him I had has offered a guinea apiece for prayed all day that he were safe them. He has given up business, back in the onion-loft. Not that and set up his staff in a wild part he carried a gun to his own disof Wales; and there he is going in advantage as the reckless do, neither for a breed of these yellow rabbits. did he fire at random, but was He has got a big name for the fur, well content, in the manner of the and expects to cut out Chinchilla public,
public, to shout according to the with it. I have heard of our hit or miss. golden bunnies lots of times, and “Shut up all,” I called out seen some of them once or twice. sharply ; “too dark, too dark! I Shall we get a sample for him, and expect to see at least a dog shot, then offer him live bunnies, if he
every moment." jumps at it?”
A dog indeed! If I had said a All agreed cheerfully to this, and man, and that man a live Earl—for the dogs were taken up, while the bang bang went the guns, just as men peeping down the steep ridges if I had never spoken, and four or got a shot or two at any of the five puffs of smoke, as if the hillconey race who might be dining side were on fire, rose from the carelessly. Then, as all of these avenues poor bunny had to cross. proved to be of the common grey
“ Yellow ! Did you see, Shorje ? sort, Garrod's boy was sent bome yellow as ze gold is !” The Gerfor a couple of rough terriers, to man doctor shouted as he pointed run the furze thickets, while the down a ride. “Shackson shot too, guns should watch the rides, for but ze rabbit is to me. I will have two or three yellow fellows bad ze guinea. Ach, mein Gott !" skipped away unscathed.
Instead of a rabbit giving the That boy took a long time in last kick of death, what did we see carrying out his message, and when half-way down the slope but two he came back with his father behind buff coneys flying ever so much him, the dusk of September was faster than any coney ever flew besettling in the valley, while a wisp fore, each flashing in front of each of silvery vapour stole along the other, as if father fox were after brown halberds of the gorse, and both of them. “I am blowed if it the russet clumps of bramble. But isn't my Lord,” cried Garrod; "the the hillside now was ringing with foreigner have shot him morshial !” the merry yelps of dogs, or the “Vatt you know, ze clods-havingsqueak of some puppy in a tangled to-hop-by-night-as-well-as-by-day fegrip, while the low covert ruffled, loe? But keep your business, good or was channelled here and there, fe-loe. If I have put ze shot in, I with the sway of some resolute can pull him out again. You shall terrier hot in chase.
This holiday had been a rare Guns were laid aside, and the enjoyment to me, though crossed doctor left there (for he seemed with anxiety now and then, among to make nothing of peppering a so many barrels governed less by lord, in comparison with basting experience than excitement. Most partridges), and down the steep VOL, CLXI. —NO, DCCCCLXXVI.
pitch we raced after the Earl, who you called shtunned. All raight, with a long start was going like the all raight, in ten skips of ze vlea. wind. Do all we might, we could My tear, I am ze dochtor.” not get near him, until he was I went across the road, and stood brought up by a heavy post and by Jackson Stoneman, who was rail, where the Dorking road winds standing as firm as a rock, and prealong the bottom. There he struck tending to play with the whip he his chest, and in spite of being had picked up. “Look here," I winded, did no small credit to his said, "she will never pay another lungs, by a power of shrieks that pike." rent the valley.
"Take a turn with me, my dear “What a coward !" cried Stone- fellow," he replied, “Hopmann will man, who had kept up with me, get on better without us.
My though we both had "gone crop- housekeeper's mother lives round pers or twice.
“ He is the corner. Though the Lord all there for holloaing, at any knows that if all we want is a woman rate ! !”
Lord Melladew, I am so sorry But the worst of the business for your little accident. You mustn't was yet to come. As we drew a wear yellow spats, the next time pull of breath, before rushing to you go shooting. Garrod will help the rescue, we heard a sudden clat- you to your inn, and the doctor ter in the road below, then we saw will come, when he has seen to a wild dash of something dark, and this more urgent case. Garrod, let a woman lay on her back under a bis lordship throw all his weight low tree. I leaped the rail fence,
Stop a moment. Send to which the Earl was still clinging, your boy at full speed to The Bell, and there lay my sister Grace, in and order their low four-wheeler her riding-habit, while the sound here. He is not to say why, for of the runaway pony's hoofs came fear of frightening Lady Cranleigh. clanging round the corner.
And let him take that villain of a I lifted my darling sister Grace, pony to The Bell.” and set her against the hedge-bank, In less than an hour, I had the and my heart went out of me, as I great joy of hearing that Grace was knelt and whispered to her. If it quite conscious, and had no limbs had been even Dariel, could my broken, nor any other injury that terror have been so terrible ? I a few days would not cure. When pulled her riding-gloves off, and the pony bolted at the shrieks and found a penny in them, the change kicks and swaying figure of his the dear frugal soul had taken from lordship, a branch across the road the last turnpike gate she paid. had swept my sister from the And then when I saw her sweet saddle, but luckily did not strike kind face as white as a shroud, and any vulnerable part, unless the the bright eyes closed, and the long part that often wounds a man is black lashes that I used to vow she such. In a word it was her lump dyed—when I wanted to put her of hair, or what ladies call their in a passion—lying upon the waxen chignon, into which she was obliged cheeks, without caring a dump what to coil her tresses tight for riding, any other chap might think, I lifted that received the impact of the too up my voice and wept.
obtrusive tree. But I scarcely “Shush, shush, don't be a fool, knew what to conclude about the Shorje," said some fellow, pushing doctor, or Stoneman himself, who me away ;
ze gairl is only what had been so uneasy about a young Earl hanging out so near our Grace, dolence to himself—" Zat was ze when, as sure as English words graidest shot as ever I did make. were ever uttered by a German, I One fire, leetle bepper, bring me heard Hopmann whisper this con- down two bagients."
CHAPTER XVIII.-A LOVEBIRD.
Thus again, without any effort it would be contrary to human of his own, was the clever stock- nature, for does any man value a broker quit of rivalry; for although thing that is his own? As long the Earl did not leave the village as it seems beyond his reach, it for some weeks, he was not in a is all that is lovely and charmcondition to do much poetic woo- ing; but the moment he has reing, even if he could have found a duced the chose in action, as the partner. And this was not the lawyers express it, into possession, only good result from that serious all its glory is gone, till he loses double accident; for the necessity it again.” of daily enquiry at our cottage be- “Very well. There is your chose came so pressing, and Stoneman in action over there.” I pointed to so gallantly rose to this occasion, the dairy window. "I shall take that the stiffness and coldness care to tell her how you mean to which had hitherto marked my estimate her, if ever she becomes mother's reception of him could no your property.” longer be maintained, but glided “For Heaven's sake," he cried, very quietly into goodwill and while he caught me by the sleeve, gratitude. All of us began to for- as if I were going straightway to give him, more and more, for the denounce him, "don't suppose that crime of not belonging to an anci- such impious doctrines apply toent county family, while the merits to the one exception of all human of his affluence almost drove us to laws.” maintain them against his own in- “I am afraid that they do, and difference.
ever so much quicker than they “You go along," I said, for I apply to money. But once more, had come to know him now, and when are you going to try your could talk of his cash without tap- luck ?” ping at it; "you know as well as For he had pestered me perpetuI do, that the first consideration ally about his feelings now, and I with nine out of ten of us is— had advised him not to be in too Money."
much of a hurry. I felt that he “I am afraid it is,” he answered, was further on than I
in as he stopped to make a bow, acquaintance with the lovely obacross a thousand cobblestones, to ject; for he must have had about my sister, who was descending thirty opportunities, to my three, from the sky no doubt to attend counting dog-dialogues and everyto her milk-pans, and to know of thing. But he had not done half nothing else; “I am afraid it is, so much as I had ; and women with those who have not got it; are wise enough to take one deed and there is a great deal to be deeper to the dear heart, than a said for them. But I should be hundred thousand words. In fact, ashamed if it were so, with those it is difficult to get that out again, who have obtained it. Moreover, if done by a man of the right age
and manner, and if they were sen- And he came back very modestly sitive just then with fright. The to his own affairs, and sat down thought of this bore me up against where he could not the friend Jackson's flowing opportuni- window. ties, and made me an impartial “Has she said anything about critic of his work.
me lately? Does she seem to have He looked at me uneasily, when the least idea ? You know how I I brought him to this point; and have tried to keep myself in the all his experience in "carrying background according to your adover," and contingoes, and settling vice, which was most kindly meant. days, and whatever else they call it, But meanwhile other fellows have was of very little use to him with been making play. Thank God, we such a ticklish stock.
have settled Melladew; I was most “Come in here, George,” he said ; afraid of him. Coronet, and son“how am I to talk, as if it were a nets, and a head of curly hair. question of exchange and discount, Foremost of her sex although she when I see her bright hair dancing is-but no, what am I talking of
? in the sun, like that? But let me Her mind is far too lofty. When look. Don't say a word, until she I behold her in her graceful simgoes away.”
plicity, like an Angel ministering “ Here are two cart-saddles and what they get out of the cowsa pair of blinkers, and a truss of but allow me to hang that cartclover hay. If her young spring- saddle on the other peg, George.” carrots can dance through all that, To my vexation there was Grace they must beat Berenice's and again, standing in the doorway, Helen's of Troy. Don't be quite
with a great spoon in her handa fool, Jack. You ought to know for a type of the greater one not so that girls can't abide being stared very far away-giving a taste of at with their slops on. They have some white stuff to old Sally, who got a finer word for it-peg some- was stooping a hunchified back to thing, in the novels. But Grace save spilling. To see the light poise never gets herself up for a rustic of the youthful figure, and the surprise, like those fashionable dairy- merry smile while the white froth maids."
was tilted carefully into that ancient “I should hope not indeed! She mouth, little would you think that is nature itself. And all nature is within so short a period, all this sweetest in the morning. But there bright life had missed the grave by is not a spark of poetry about you, half an inch. George. All that has gone into the “ Thank God !” whispered Stonefemale line. What would I give, to man. “How little heed we take of see you frightfully in love !" their goodness, George! All men in
The piercing glance he gave me comparison ought to be killed.” completely turned the tables ; but “Not a bit of it," I answered. I pulled him back so briskly that "Perhaps Melladew ought. He he came back to himself; for he couldn't have made more row if he was got up very bucklish in some had been kilt, as an Irishman is Volunteer apparel, on his way to a being always. But perhaps he swell rifle-meeting; and it may be could not help it; for it is his imagined that he longed for Grace nature to." to look at him, almost as much as “In any other case I should not he longed to look at Grace. How- have blamed him much, though it ever, that was no concern of mine, is not altogether perhaps the style