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THE

COMMONER'S

D A E G H T E R.

By the Author of "A Fer out of Thousands."

vulsion came

CHAP. XVIII.

bath, and I fear there is no accommodation

nearer than Rownham.” We had nearly reached the village of Havel- As he spoke, he took Lord Dornington's snuff. stone, our first stage, when I noticed a strange box out of the Earl's coat-pocket, and placed a alteration in Lord Dornington. His complexion quantity on the nostrils ; but his face was merely in the morning had been so flushed, that, in my momentarily convulsed, and the stimulant had secret disgust, I mentally accused him of having no effect. Next, he tried to pour wine down his bad recourse to art-a practice for which, scandal master's throat-an unavailing attempt, for his said, there was Royal authority: now it was patient seemed to have lost all power to swallow. pallid, and his countenance appeared full of I wrung my hands—“Death and misfortune anxiety. There was a wild look about his usually follow me everywhere.” inexpressive eyes, which gave me great alarm; “I think, after all, my lady, we had best stop sometimes it appeared to me that the Earl was at the Roebuck : we are but a mile from there, grinning in a kind of ghastly mirth. He at- and we must extemporise a bath. I fear taking tempted at last to speak ; and then, to my horror the responsibility of my lord going any further, and dismay, I perceived the power of speech without medical advice.” was lost. I rose up in the carriage.

“Do as you think best : I am no judge.” " Lord Dornington! can you not speak ?". Carew assisted me then into the carriage,

No answer-only a nodding of the head, like and entered it himself, directing the postillions to the Chinese mandarins children use for toys. proceed at a moderate pace with the three remain

“Great Heaven ! Give me your hand, my ing horses. He chafed his lord's hands with Lord.”

eau de Cologne, while I wetted the poor temples Bat it had fallen lifeless by his side! A con- continually with the same essence.

over his face, the right jaw “Speak, my lady, please,” said Carew," and dropped, and the mouth was twisted horribly see if he knows you." awry. I pulled the check-string. The footman “Dear Lord Dornington, do you know me? opened the door in a minute after.

'Tis your wife, Isabella! Are you in pain?" Where is my lord's valet ?-quick. Oh! He rolled his eyes; but we could see that he be is very ill, dying I fear-make baste." understood what was said. Yet, when we drew

Carew, Lord Dornington's valet, came quickly up before the Roebuck Inn, the convulsions to the door of the carriage. He was an elderly returned so intensely, that I believed life could man, shrewd and careful. He changed colour not endure the torture. Mine, indeed, was a as he looked at his lord.

terrible situation; but my duty, at least, lay "Pray, my lady, be good enough to descend, clear before me, and, after the first agitation of and keep yourself, if possible, calm. My lord my feelings had subsided, I set myself assiduis struck with paralysis. How long is it since ously to the task I had once previously anticihe has been seized ?"

pated, but which had come to me so much “Good Heaven! only within the last few earlier than I had foreseen. Like most persons minutes, certainly.

He was conversing a little of feeble intellect, Lord Dornington had totally while ago, then a silence ensued, and I thought succumbed under this shock of paralysis. We he was fatigued. What is to be done ?” extemporised a bath, and, inquiring if there was

"Very little, my lady, I fear, till we can get a doctor in the village, was directed to the medical aid. Quick "John ; let one of the apothecary, Mr. Nitrene, who, when he arrived, postillions take one of the horses and ride back simply shook his head solemnly, approved of to London, and bring down Sir Charles Arnew, what had been done, and said he would send a my lord's physician, to Rownham; we had best "draught.” go on there."

“ Pooh! man," said the valet, with great "Would it not be best to remain at an inn?” irreverence towards this rural "Galen, who I scarcely know, my lady,” said the man; seemed chiefly to dwell on the fact that his "My lord ought at once to be placed in a warm patient was a lord_"I know more than that

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