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hearing next to nothing of that business, and knowing my intimacy part of the world, and never seeing with his poor brother, he did me one of their celestial peaks, except the honour of calling to hear some in a dream, I am likely to know particulars of the sad occurrence. I more about them than when I lived described it as well as I could; and there. Ah, if I hadn't got a wife, then he said, brushing up his and three daughters,—and I have English, as

Í brushed up my let out so much, like a jolly fool, Russian, whenever there was a gap that they won't have French stuff between us—'I am not a jeweller, on their birthdays,-I should be Signor, and of precious stones I ready to be off again; though I have not any knowledge ; but place could never do the djedje now; and thine eyes upon this, is it good ?' the love of sport is not in me, as it He wore a white glove of soft ratis in all true-born Englishmen.” skin, and upon it was the rich

He looked regretful, and perhaps green light of the finest emerald I remorseful against his mingled pa- have seen, since I was at Warsaw. rentage ; for there was a vein of the “Plenty, plenty, twenty, fiftyIsraelite in him, which saddens and ten, a thousand ! I pray you to deepens the outlook, without show- accept this pebble, Signor, for my ing any sport, except a gold disc to brother's sake,' he said with a very shoot at.

graceful bow; "he was taken away “Never mind,” I answered him, through these, and I desire no adthough sorry to have to do it; "you vantage of them. And with that get your little excitements, in your he shed a tear which made me way. And although they are not think how much we undervalue like ours altogether, they pay ever

that fine race.

There is no kinderso much better in the end."

hearted man on earth, and no more “Let us come back," he said, perfect gentleman, than a Russian thinking in his heart, perhaps, that of the highest order. he could do very well without my Well, sir, I sent my own nephew sympathy; “my proceedings only out-Jack Nickols, a wonderfully bear upon your case in an odd sort plucky fellow; not much eye for a of way, which may come to nothing. stone; but sure to stick to his You remember that I told you of orders, and tell you the truth. If my Russian friend, whom I met at you can't be satisfied with that, Odessa, twenty years ago, or more. good-bye to your chance of keeping Through him I first went into those any body very long; for the sharp savage parts, where he lost his life ; ones will soon begin to rogue you. and it was a narrow shave that I Jack is as good a bit of English survived to tell of it; for which I Metal as you could pick up from have to thank Sûr Imar. You may the lias to the granite. And not too have forgotten, but I think I must clever. In fact, Mr Cranleigh, you have told you that my Russian had remind me of him, at every turn." a brother, an officer in the army I bowed very deeply at this then closing round the forces of lovely compliment, with a glance Shamyl. Very well, who should which I meant to be ironical. But call upon me a few days after I told Signor Nicolo was too busy with you about that, but the very same his thoughts to perceive the stern Russian officer, now second in com- justice he had done me. mand of the Caucasus Division, “ Emeralds are going up," he General Stranglomoff himself. He proceeded, as if I were one of them, was in London, about some military and I should not be surprised if the true zugewane the rage Bat whatever it may be, the charge for tise vzt ien yan. There are

wiil goz fainter, and the faith in nly time res that wil a ways it wake, as time goes on; and boid ticir own, diz.onda, raties, tbe inventor of it will become more and sapphire. The text go up and hateful. Probably Hafer has indown, assurding to the fashion; vented it; and even while she and emeralds have been undnly in listens to it, her heart will turn the shade. But now they are worth a zainst him. I know what a good Lysking aftur again ; and my nephew woman is, because I have had to in the boy to do it. Hit or miss, deal with them. A man who runs he will do his beat, and we bave women down, is either a bad lot made an arrangement with the himself, or a most unlacky fellow. Rumian General, under which he Moreover she dislikes that cousin is bound to back him up. Jack is of hers, if he is her cousin, for not very strong at letter-writing, his violence, and roughness, and and the post is not too brisk out haughty ways. All that will inthere. But he has been on the crease, wben he gets home again, spot for some time now, and he has and contrasts all their hard and male a very good beginning." uncivilised life with the luxuries

All this to me was little more and joys of London. She will turn than cold and cloudy comfort. Here against him more and more ; and was the winter close at hand, the her father will never compel her to winter of the frosty Caucasus; the marry against her wishes. Morefriends I loved become strangers to over, there is likely to be some mg, and lost to my sight among time yet before his schemes come Havages; my own fair fame in some to a head. My young savage has mysterious manner assailed and overthrown bis cast, or that of his blasted; and the only hope of mother Marva. In his urgency to further tidings, or redress, yet visi- get them back straightway to the ble lay in the chances of a roving land of the mountain without the jeweller's commission! Nickols flood, he has sent them round by might take it all quite calmly. St Petersburg. He insisted SO His heart was set, and cemented— much on the peril they were in of

one might almost say — upon losing all their Lesghian rights, precious stones, and hard enough, that Sûr Imar resolved, very wisely as it seemed to me, to grind them as I thought, to assert them at for trade purposes. But in my im- headquarters. So Stepan and others patience I wronged him there. were left behind to take the heavy

“You must try to make the best goods straight to Poti perhaps. of it, Mr Cranleigh,” he went on, This was a floorer for Prince Hafer, as if he understood my thoughts. and he gnashed his teeth, which he “You have been horribly slandered, dyes yellow ; for he is the Devil, no doubt; and the sweet young and no mistake, when he can't have lady has swallowed wicked lies, all his own way. You don't consider the more readily because she is a me a suspicious man, Mr Cranleigh, owcot young lady, and for that do you?” roagon credulous and jealous. But "A little too much the other thoro are a lot of things in your way; as is the case with all fine favour still, if you will let me set natures," I replied, according to my thom boforo you. I have not the thoughts ; for he was evidently lenst idea what you are charged taking my part now. with, any more than you have. “In that case, listen to my firm

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belief. I am not at all up to the “ But his own sister, his twin
tone and style of what those moun. sister, the darling of his childhood
taineers do now. And of course I - Marva ! How could all soch
may be as much behind the age, wickedness go on without her
as Sûr Imar wants to be in front knowledge? It is impossible to
of it. But to my mind men are imagine that she would allow it."
men always, and you can't improve “She sent her son to England
them suddenly. A lot of sham for that very purpose,” Mr Nickols
comes in with some races ; but not replied, in a tone of deep conviction.
with stubborn chaps like these. “It may not sound sisterly; but it
Sûr Imar may print a million copies is true. There is the blood-feud
of the Sermon on the Mount; but between them. That they have
it won't go down with them. Or been in the womb together only
it goes down, and never comes up makes it deadlier. I know what I
again. You may as well pour gold am talking of."
into a cesspool. My firm belief is If he did—and he spoke as if it
that this Prince Hafer intends to were an ordinary matter–I can
get our noble friend out there, marry only be certain that I did not.
his daughter, and then shoot him, My brain was quite stunned with
and combine that heritage with his such horrible ideas; and I almost
own. Ah yes !”

felt as if Dariel herself would be Nickols had a very quiet and too dear, at the price of any coneven pleasant manner of imparting nection with such vile and bloodthe most atrocious thoughts, that thirsty savages. Then I felt bitter could ever drive another man out reproach at blaming a sweet gentle of his mind. I looked at him to darling for what she could not ask whether he could mean it; and help; and after providing for quick he smiled and answered, “ You may communication, I hurried away, take it for a fact."

with my heart in a whirl.

CHAPTER XXXVIII. - BLACK FRIDAY.

In whatever condition a man least to me (though she may have may be placed, under the will of filled the world with it to her beHeaven, there is generally some- loved. Jackson), but let me know thing to alleviate it, if he seek per- her sympathies by a silent lift of severingly; and always something cover, as a large and capable hamto aggravate it, without any exer- boiler does; when a tin saucepan tion on his part

. In my present would have blown its top off. A trouble I had several consola- man loathes sympathy, if he is of tions; and the best and sweetest English race; nothing irritates him of them was the kindness of my more than for other fellows to come sister Grace. She had leaped, with prying down into what goes on inout looking for any signal, or even side him. Even to his dearest any ground to jump from, to the friend, he does not stretch out his solid conclusion that her poor heart, like a washerwoman's line; brother George had been treated what may be inside it is his own most cruelly, shamefully, shock- concern; and like a gentleman, he ingly, and if there be worse than must not be too curious about that, this, put it on the pile. And yet so long as it leads him into nothing she never spoke of it-never at mean. All I can say is that I VOL. CLXI.—XO. DCCCCLXXX.

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will grow fainter, and the faith in only three gems that will always it weaker, as time goes on; and hold their own, diamonds, rubies, the inventor of it will become more and sapphires. The rest go up and hateful. Probably Hafer has indown, acc

ccording to the fashion; vented it; and even while she and emeralds have been unduly in listens to it, her heart will turn the shade. But now they are worth against him. I know what a good looking after again ; and my nephew woman is, because I have had to is the boy to do it. Hit or miss, deal with them. A man who runs he will do his best; and we have women down, is either a bad lot made an arrangement with the himself, or a most unlucky fellow. Russian General, under which he Moreover she dislikes that cousin is bound to back him up. Jack is of hers, if he is her cousin, for not very strong at letter-writing, his violence, and roughness, and and the post is not too brisk out haughty ways. All that will inthere. But he has been on the crease, when he gets home again, spot for some time now, and he has and contrasts all their hard and made a very good beginning." uncivilised life with the luxuries

All this to me was little more and joys of London. She will turn than cold and cloudy comfort. Here against him more and more ; and was the winter close at hand, the her father will never compel her to winter of the frosty Caucasus ; the marry against her wishes. Morefriends I loved become strangers to over, there is likely to be some me, and lost to my sight among time yet before his schemes come savages; my own fair fame in some to a head. My young savage has mysterious manner assailed and overthrown his cast, or that of his blasted; and the only hope of mother Marva. In his urgency to further tidings, or redress, yet visi- get them back straightway to the ble lay in the chances of a roving land of the mountain without the jeweller's commission! Nickols flood, he has sent them round by might take it all quite calmly. St Petersburg. He insisted 80 His heart was set, and cemented— much on the peril they were in of

one might almost say —upon losing all their Lesghian rights, precious stones, and hard enough, that Sûr Imar resolved, very wisely as it seemed to me, to grind them as I thought, to assert them at for trade purposes.

But in my im- headquarters. So Stepan and others patience I wronged him there. were left behind to take the heavy

“You must try to make the best goods straight to Poti perhaps. of it, Mr Cranleigh,” he went on, This was a floorer for Prince Hafer, as if he understood my thoughts. and he gnashed his teeth, which he You have been horribly slandered, dyes yellow ; for he is the Devil, no doubt; and the sweet young and no mistake, when he can't have lady has swallowed wicked lies, all his own way. You don't consider the more readily because she is a me a suspicious man, Mr Cranleigh, sweet young lady, and for that do you?” reason credulous and jealous. But "A little too much the other there are a lot of things in your way; as is the case with all fine favour still, if you will let me set natures," I replied, according to my them before you.

I have not the thoughts; for he was evidently least idea what you are charged taking my part now. with, any more than you have. “In that case, listen to my firm

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belief. I am not at all up to the “But his own sister, his twin tone and style of what those moun- sister, the darling of his childhood taineers do now. And of course I -Marva ! How could all such may be as much behind the age, wickedness go on without her as Sûr Imar wants to be in front knowledge ? It is impossible to of it. But to my mind men are imagine that she would allow it." men always, and you can't improve “She sent her son to England them suddenly. A lot of sham for that very purpose,” Mr Nickols comes in with some races ; but not replied, in a tone of deep conviction.

a with stubborn chaps like these. “It may not sound sisterly; but it Sûr Imar may print a million copies is true. There is the blood-feud of the Sermon on the Mount; but between them. That they have it won't go down with them. Or been in the womb together only it goes down, and never comes up makes it deadlier. I know what I again. You may as well pour gold am talking of." into a cesspool. My firm belief is If he did—and he spoke as if it that this Prince Hafer intends to an ordinary matter–I can get our noble friend out there, marry only be certain that I did not. his daughter, and then shoot him, My brain was quite stunned with and combine that heritage with his such horrible ideas; and I almost Ah yes !"

felt as if Dariel herself would be Nickols had a very quiet and too dear, at the price of any coneven pleasant manner of imparting nection with such vile and bloodthe most atrocious thoughts, that thirsty savages. Then I felt bitter could ever drive another man out reproach at blaming a sweet gentle of his mind. I looked at him to darling for what she could not ask whether he could mean it; and help; and after providing for quick he smiled and answered, “You may communication, I hurried away, take it for a fact."

with my heart in a whirl.

were

own.

a

CHAPTER XXXVIII. - BLACK FRIDAY.

man

In whatever condition a least to me (though she may have may be placed, under the will of filled the world with it to her beHeaven, there is generally some- loved Jackson), but let me know thing to alleviate it, if he seek per- her sympathies by a silent lift of severingly; and always something cover, as a large and capable hamto aggravate it, without any exer- boiler does ; when a tin saucepan tion on his part. In my present would have blown its top off. A trouble I had several consola- man loathes sympathy, if he is of tions; and the best and sweetest English race; nothing irritates him of them was the kindness of my more than for other fellows to come sister Grace. She had leaped, with. prying down into what goes on inout looking for any signal, or even side him. Even to his dearest any ground to jump from, to the friend, he does not stretch out his solid conclusion that her poor heart, like a washerwoman's line ; brother George had been treated what may be inside it is his own most cruelly, shamefully, shock- concern; and like a gentleman, he ingly, and if there be worse than must not be too curious about that, this, put it on the pile. And yet so long as it leads him into nothing she never spoke of it-never at mean. All I can say is that I

VOL. CLXI.— NO. DCCCCLXXX.

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