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Dick went very gently up to Min- “ Please no," she pleaded. “ He ory with the string in his hand, is a mere boy. Take no notice." which, as he had explained, was Then turning to Mrs Beauforttied round a shilling to steady it, “ Well, dear, you have your ring ?” and placed this in her left hand, “Yes," responded Mrs Beaufort, with explicit instructions she was firmly holding it on its proper not to open it, or the whole charm place with the fingers of the other would be lost.
hand, and regarding her newly No one in the room had seen found treasure with high regard. the sort of thing before, so Dick “I thought I saw Dick fumbwas allowed his own way, and ling about on the carpet,” remarked Minory promised implicit obedi- Trevor Woolcombe, ence. Woolcombe was then led were looking for the ring. Of about, and Dick, pretending to course he secreted it then. I let him guide himself, after several must say it is to his credit to feints in various corners, at last have gone through the performbrought his victim up to Miss ance so admirably.” Raymond The excitement now “ Yes; and fancy his taking us became great, and Dick, to control all in with his thought-reading, his emotions, was obliged at this laughed old Lady Gore. juncture to force his handkerchief “ Well," said Tom Beaufort, “ if into his mouth. By judiciously my wife only learns now the folly moving Jack about, he made him of playing with her rings, there'll at last actually touch Minory's left have been something gained. But hand, and at once declaring he had I think it's time for us all to be succeeded in his search, took the off, and there's the dressing-bell !" bandage from his eyes, and told As Jack, lingering behind the him to remove what he had found. others, leant, considering, against
Captain Woolcombe gravely, be the old mantel shelf, his brother fore the eyes of the multitude, Trevor came up to to him, and, caunravelled the string, and lo and ressingly placing his hand on his behold, instead of a shilling there shoulder, softly repeated the old was a wedding-ring!
rhymeThe risible faculties of the audi
“ I'll tell you a story ence could not be restrained, but
of Jack and Minory, Miss Raymond coloured percepti
And now my story's begun.” bly, and Jack bit his moustache, Then Jack, promptly catching him looking round with indignation by the waist, laughed, and conafter Dick, who had, however, tinued the ballad swiftly taken himself off.
“ I'll tell you another - That wretch Dick! It's my
Of Jack and his brother, wedding-ring, of course," said Mrs And now my story's done.” Beaufort. “ It really is too bad.” “I think, dear, boy, you have
But the absurdity of the posi- arranged your little affair ?” tion presently occurred just as " Yes, old man; you and I are it did to the others, and they in the same boat. Wish me joy. heartily joined in the laugh. Enid has consented to be mine."
" I'll trounce Master Dick when “ All luck to you, my dearest I catch him again,” said Jack, fellow. May similar good fortune sotto voce, and with some grave- be in store for me !" ness, to Minory:
“ Of course it is."
"I wish I could be certain of can settle it one way or the other, that,” returned the eider brother, I hardly know what I am about. somewhat, wistfully. “ Until I But come; we must go and dress.
That evening Cicely brought up “ I really do not think so. 1 the repentant Dick to Jack, and should say to the contrary." under her powerful protection his “Well, you ought to know best pardon was of course assured. At I trust you are right,” he doubtfirst, however, Woolcombe did not fully put in. feel much inclined to be lenient. " The rest remains with you."
“You see, Cicely, it's not me " What rest ?” he asked. who has to be considered—it is “Until you ask her whether she Miss Raymond,” he added, stiffly. cares for you, she can't very well
“She has, I assure you, quite decide one way or the other." forgiven him," replied his sister, “ It's easy-well, I don't know eagerly. “Now do be good-na- about that" tured. Dick did a silly thing,
- What is easy ?” but”-in a lower tone—“he is only " I was going to say, to offer. a boy, Jack, and you must make Man proposes, and the lady someexcuses."
times objects. ." All right,” said Jack, all his “I think you need not be cast bad humour vanishing, and good- down. She is a most sweet dartemperedly giving Dick a slight ling; and, I believe," with a bright shake, with his hands on the lad's smile and a nod to him, “ you are shoulder ; “ we'll say no more not absolutely indifferent to her.” about it. But you will allow me “If I could only be sure of that. to remark that such very personal Would she were mine!” jokes are not always pleasant to
To this his sister made replythe victims." Yes, it was wrong," allowed
“ He either fears his fate too much,
Or his desert is small, Dick, somewhat abashed. “I
Who fails to put it to the touch, didn't stop to think, but really I And win or 'use it all." meant no harm."
" Ah, Cicely! that's just it. Sup“Of course you didn't. And of course, if Miss Raymond has pose it was to lose it all?"
" See !” said his sister, quickly ; forgiven you, I'm helpless." ***Of course," replied Dick, with has gone into the library for a
“now's your opportunity. She a gleam of fun in his eye. And book. Go and plead with her now. he made himself scarce, glad to
I'll take care no one comes in." get so well out of the difficulty.
" What a dear girl you are! It's “ He is incorrigible,” said Jack,
a chance I may not have again.” laughing in spite of himself.
“Come !" drawing him to her. "It's very nice of you to be so
“ All good fortune attend you." good-natured, Jack. I hope he
Brother has done no mischief. She is such walked across the room ; and Cic
and sister leisurely a dear, sweet girl," she added, ely turned at the library, which gently. " It's just possible he may have closed the door.
led out of the drawing room, and done a very great deal,” was her brother's nioody reply.
Minory had not heard Jack
enter. She was able to move call you ! You see, I recollect, sir, about by herself, though unfit for what you told me," laughing gaily. active exercise, and was now stand- “. But you are my Jack now.” ing looking up at the shelves. He
" Yours for ever. And yet I came close to her, and she, seeing feared to speak to you.” him alone, started ; and for a sec- “Would you not like to put it ond the colour faded from her off for a week or two?" she decheek—for intuitively she felt the manded, with much gravity, half crisis in her life had arrived. But drawing herself from him, and she controlled herself at once. looking mischievously at him as
-- You are come to help me to her two hands rested his find
shoulders. - No. I came to ask you to help " Thank God, that can't be now ! me;" and he hesitated.
Why, I should not love you any « Command me, Sir Knight; better then." what can I do?" she said, with a “What a shocking confession !” poor attempt at unconcern.
“Not a bit of it; for I can't “Darling, I cannot keep it to possibly love you any better than myself.” He was now standing I do now." close to her, eagerly taking her two Well, I suppose I must subhands in his, where they remained mit" making a
pretty little trembling in his firm grasp.
"I moue. love you, sweet Minory, with all “Of course you must. There's my heart.
It went out to you no help for it. It's only what was from the first moment I saw you.” to be. It was fortold in the old
“Really and truly ?" shyly look- rhyme. ing at him. * Most really and most truly.
• I'll tell you a story Oh, sweet heart, say you will be
Of Jack and Minory,
And now my story's begun.' my wife !” bending down as he pleaded towards her, as if to give And now our story has begun. I emphasis to his entreaty. She did know I shall always bless the winnot answer in words; but the soft ter snow, for that brought me, my and happy glance from her true own love, to know you. and tender eyes assured him the
6: Dear Jack
_” she hesitated. victory was won; and he held his “ Yes, you must call me by my prize in his arms.
Tell me in words that you “ Now, my own love, I shall re- care for me." pair Master Dick's mischief. One 6. What are words?” she gravely ring I took from you tonight: but replied. “But if you wish, I will. soon another shall find its way to I love you,” she simply said, holdthis dear finger.”
ing up her mouth to be kissed. “So you like the name of Min- o Will that content you ?” ory now, Captain Woolcombe po What need to record any anshe asked, with an enchanting shy- swer? ness, and in no way attempting to And here we may bid adieu to free herself from her lover's the two who have vowed to be all embrace.
in all to each other along life's " Like it! I adore it. But dusty pilgrimage, which indeed won't you call me Jack ?"
were but a sorrowful passage were “ Jack !" as if learning a pleas- it not lighted up by the faith of ant lesson. " What all the fellows man and the love of woman.
LEAD, KINDLY LIGHT," LATINE REDDITUM.
“Tu nocte vel atra
-ALBII TIBULLI, Eleg. IV. xiii, 11, 12.
ALMÀ Luce semper duce,
Adsis comes, fautor, Deus !
Adsis tamen, fautor meus.
Sicut olim esse nolim,
Cum nec amor eras meus :
Adsis semper, fautor, deus !"
Semper Cruce viæ duce,
Sis per dura fautor, Deus!
Plenâ surgat dies meus,
J. M. P.
Among those countries that have Government of India has always, been most niggard in exposing to avoid complications and responthemselves to foreign observation, sibility, done its best to discourage Afghanistan has always held a Englishmen from seeking to penefirst place. Not less exclusive trate beyond the frontier, even than the Tibetans, and as suspi- when it has not explicitly forbidcious of the intrusion of foreigners den them to intrude on the Ameer's as the Chinese, the Afghans have territory. succeeded in closing their frontiers These are the reasons that have against the ordinary traveller, and hitherto prevented us from havin frustrating attempts to obtain ing good and thorough descriptions a closer intimacy with themselves of the interior of the Afghan terand their country. It is only when ritory. When he looks over the some international difficulty arises, information available about the resulting in an embassy, á bouncountry that has been gathered at dary commission or a campaign, first hand, the reader will not take that Afghanistan and the Afghans long to exhaust it. Elphinstone's are brought under the eye of the Cabul,' though written sixty years stranger. It may seem strange that, ago, is still valuable though considering the intercourse which limited record. Vigne gave both the Government of India has car- a graphic and accurate description ried on with the rulers of Cabul of the districts through which he since the days of Zemaun Shah, and travelled, but his stops were conthe embassies and commissions fined to the Kandahar country, and which have been sent across the the valleys lying by the Ghuzni north-west frontier, not to speak road to Cabul. Ferrier traversed of the four campaigns we have a considerable portion of Western carried on inside the country, we Afghanistan and of the regions should still know so little about which the operations of the Bounthe greater part of the Afghan dary Commission have recently territory. This defect, however, made us familiar with, and his is easily explained. The Afghans book is still of some political and have always taken good care that geographical value. Coming nearer neither our envoys nor our boun- our own time, Bellew and Golddary commissioners should be al- smid have both contributed inlowed to spy out the nakedness of teresting though partial details the land any further than was to the sum of our information ; necessary for the accomplishment but the circumstances under which of the task which they had in both of these officers visited the hand; and soldiers on the march, country were unfavourable to the in bivouac or in the field, have acquisition of general information. something more important to think Among the crowd of books which of than of taking topographical and the late Afghan campaigns called ethnological notes. Moreover, the forth, few served other purpose
England and Russia Face to Face in Asia. Travels with the Afghan Boundary Commission. By Lieutenant A. C. Yates, Bombay Staff Corps. William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London : 1887.