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LAND, LAND In Southern Nebraska Iu Central Nebraska In Southern Minnesota In Northern Iowa 20,000 ACRES Of Railroad und Private Lauds, ruugipg iu price from 87 to 816 pei uore in Nebraska, 810 to 815 iu Miuuesots, aud 815 to 82 J in North- eru Iowa. Only a email oasb paymeut' required, balance on long time at low rate of interest. E. M. FUNK, Carroll, Iowa. fur lulu In Cu DO YOU KEEP IT IN THE HOUSE 7 ILLER PAIN- Will Cure Cramps, Colic, Cholera Morbus and all Oowel Complaints. j * PXUCE,afto,, ftO*, nr 1 $1,00 A BOTTIJB. * [Copyright, 1803, by John Alexander Stotmrt. SYNOPSIS: Andrew Ktlgour Is Involved In u bitter feud with lila i>ur<e proud cousin Peter Ulephane. Their Derce buttles of almost dally occurrmice are the talk of tbe university at Kdlnburgb, where they are etudents. To Atulrew'R dismay, his father decided to take him from school and put him at Inn in the office orThom.is Clephnne, the {(\ther o( Feier. The Ktlgour estate, Kll- biirtile, la hopelessly In debt, and Andrew Is en peeled to redeem the famtlyfoMines. CHMTBU H—On the w« home to explain mnt- tern, heencounters a specimen of the hag rurally and calls him by his proper name. CHAPTER III—The hog proves to be Thomis CHAPTER IV. THE ELMS—A MOMliSTOUS DECISION. Youth has UN enviable kunck of turning its back upon the troublous past, so soon BS a blink of hope shines out of the future. Next day I had forgotten my woes and was us simply in conceit; with myself, as ardent, as Cull of preposterous Fcheuies as if, instead of being the football of fortune, 1 had been her first favorite and grand viz- lor. I passed tuo day zealously cultivating those iwrinl estates which make so fine a Bhow in the eye of. imagination and promise so rare a revenue, and waited with impatience for the evening. Yet when the hour came and I found myself at The Elms somehow my elation forsook me, and with it my confidence and self possession. The ordeiil of the introduction to Miss Gordon was trying. It left me with hot gills and an uneasy foreboding that I was going to make a fool of myself. When we sat down to dinner, I was etill haunted by this fear, and consequently very flustered. It would have been unspeakably grateful to slink into an obscure corner whence I could watch without attracting; attention, but a perverse fate placed me disconcertingly close to the radiant being who presided as hostess,- It may seem an odd thing, but in tho distress of the first 15 minutes, had there been the choice, I would gladly have resigned my seat beside the beautiful young mistress of The Elms to charge upon a blazing park of .artillery, and I would sooner have fought 10 men than address a voluntary remark to ben To find her BO much as looking at me was to be struck with a ridiculous palsy that sent a nervous tremor all through me, as if there were an electric battery in her eyes; to be directly addressed by her was total overthrow of tho wits aiid paralysis of the tongue. That was during the first half hour of our contact. By degrees I came to feel it was good to be near her and listen to her wondrously vivacious and penetrative talk and watch the flying shadows of thought on her superbly molded and expressive face, and the gleam of her raven hair, and the sunshine that rippled in dimpled cheek and chin, and tbe sparkle of her dark eyes, eyes which were equally ready to laugh in joy or melt in pity or flush in stern indignation and rebuke. I am not going to attempt a description of her surpassing beauty, a formal portrait being to me a thing clean out of the question. She was SO, a child of the sun and the peer of any queen on earth—fair as her whose face had launched a thousand ships and burned tbe topless towers of Ilium, and it she caused me a flutter of fright it was a species of delirious ecatacy, a delicious pain, that was the very essence of delight. Dinner bad not long begun when my business was introduced. "It is not a thing to be lightly decided upon," said Sir Thomas seriously. "You are at a time of life now, Mr. Andrew, when every act, every decision, is momentous. Our acts and decisions indeed are always momentous, but they are peculiarly and particularly BO in youth, when we give the tone and bias to our whole later life. A hasty or an unwise decision in early years, too, often involves u lifelong regret. I hope you have well considered with your father and mother." "As to that, Sir Thomas," chimed In my father ere I could speak a word. "Hi» mother and myself have come to no decision in the matter. To be perfectly caudid, we have not been consulted, But he is frctt to choose. If he thinks it will be to his ad vantage to go to ludiu, let him go to India. Be will he tho likelier to succeed if hu decides for himself." "My sentiments exactly," said Mr. Cle- phsne emphatically. "Iluwe ft son of my own, and I say: 'Peter, my boy, choose for yourself. Wo are all endowed with differ ent tastes and different faculties, therefore choose for yourself.' I make no doubt that Andrew i« quite competent to select a career for himself." "I'roljubly lie is," responded Sir Thoinai quietly. "Yet moat of us uro wiser at 00 than at 20." "Ami Jndltt Is to dreadfully far away, Sir Thomas," put in uiy mother tremulously. "Why, as to thut, coiiaiu," said the lawyer, with tin unctuous smile, "cooluiu uon anlmum inuiuiit tjui trans mare curruut" (crossing thu W.-UH does not change a wan'* nature), No notice being takeu of this speech, 1 Btuu) mured wliut I regret to have tu cou- tvia wu* hardly tbe truth—namely, that I bad given thu matter careful coublderutlou and WOH fully resolved to go to ludlu. My mother mill nothing, but it won clear the dinner had little relish, for nhu und Isabel left tUu Uble early. There was silence for a llttlg whllo after their withdrawn). Then Sir Thomas saiili "Since you have decided then, Mr, Andrew, If it would not bo prying lou luuch into private affairs inlyht 1 ask—if I urn impertinent pruy tell luu so—what your plans nre after your arrival in India. 1 huvu u upuclul ruasou fur unking." To this I wan forced to coufuus that 1 hud not thought out tuy iilutis, that iu fact I had uo plans ut all. '.'Vouth trust* to luck," wild the lawyer, over ready to thrust liU toiiKuu iu whero it wan nut waulud. "Fortune favors them who hiivo thu pluck to Bhow they dou't cure u rap for thu judo." "1 trust, Klluimiiu," BiiUl Sir I'uoiua*, turning to my father and ignoring tho lawyer's reumrk, "thut when you huvu hum J uiy rtuiDOu you will uut deem uiu lutoleru- bly ctvlfUh. I wished tousuui-tulu thut Air. Andruw hud fully niuilu up his iiiliul before Intruding any iH'i'suitut concern of my own leal hla generosity might lead him Iu neglect his own liituriwU." "You ure quite Inuipablupf doing anything from uelflnh moltvim, Kir Tuoimw," returned uiy father quickly and cordially. "Whatever bu your reasons, I Uiu rwuly tu wtt(ji:v tiwy Uu you houov."_ . "You are extremely good to express such sentiments," said Sir Thomas, "but I am afraid my motives In this instance are selfish." "Then, Sir Thomas, 1 shall be very much surprised indeed," responded uiy father promptly. "You are too generous, Kilburnle," said Sir ThomaK, "but you will be better able to judge when I have explained my reasons for being inquisitive. Tho fact is I am anxious to find some trustworthy friend going to India who would—well—who would un- dertako u delicate family mission for me." Mybeurt jumped ut this. What could the family mission be? And would Isabel be interested in it? "There are those in India," continued Sir Thomas, after a short pause, "of whom I should very much like to have Intelligence." He stopped a moment, fingering his glasses absently, lifting it to his mouth and putting it down again without drink- Ing. Then he went on, while wo all listened intently: "I think it is generally supposed by my friends and neighbors that Isnbel is my only child, but that—I speak in confidence, gentlemen—is a mistake. She bus a brother Donald—Donald Gordon—and «it is of him I would fain have news. The young man himself is not addicted to letter writing, and my correspondents in the east seem somehow or other to have lost sight of him. It may be that he is dead," and there was a quiver In his voice. "If so, it would be some satisfaction to know it. Aud, to be brief, I thought that if Andrew were going to India he might possibly bi able to looii Donald up." "Gad, Sir Thomas, Andrew is just the very man to do tbat^" put in Mr. Clephane. "I'll warrant he'll find your son. It is a mission to suit one of Andrew's adventurous spirit. I only wish I could substitute my own son. But Andrew is not to ha EU perseded. I envy him his opportunity." "We all envy the opportunities of youth," said Sir Thomas. Theu turning to my father, with a smile,- "Yon sec, Kilburnie, my motives nre selfish after all." "As I was ready to wager, your motivefc to you honor, Sir Thomas," answered my father stoutly, "and he were no son of mine, who, Roing to India, would not exert himself to do what you wish." With tlmt rny father looked ut mo as if to say: "There, now, speak up. There's something to your taste perhaps." "I need Imrdly .assure you, Sir Thomas," I said, clearing my throat, for my excitement was great, "I need hardly assure you that if over I set foot in India my first business will be to find Donald." "Thank you, my dear boy," responded Sir Thomas, while his voice shook and his eyes glistened. "Thank you. Only pray remember that should you change your mind you will not let this generous promise to me in any way hinder you. I will not accept your service on any other condition." "Never fear, Sir Thomas. Never fear," answered my father for me. "Make yourself quite ut case on that score. If he changes his mind, he will tell you so frankly." "My heart's thanks to you, Kilburnie," murmured Sir Thomas. "You have made me BO years younger. My spirit—ah, mel But there, there. Shall we join the ladies? I daresay they ore feeling rather lonely." And we rose and left the room. "My dear Isabel," cried Sir Thomas, with tbe glee of a boy, as we entered the drawing room; "come here, child. I have news for you," She rose instantly and met him with a pretty look of expectation on her face. "Mr. Andrew is* going to India and will search out Donald," continued Sir Thomas. "There's news to gladden your heart, my child." Isabel turned toward mo, her eyes gleaming with a dewy, wistful brightness and her bands shaking with a sudden tremor, BO that I would fain have taken bold of them to comfort her. "Oh," she said, advancing a step nearm me, and speaking in a low voice which 1 fancied was meant for my ear alone, "if yon could only get tidings of my brother I cannot tell how grateful I should be. Uut tbe news that you are even to try seems too good to be true. How can we ever thiink youf What coil we ever do to repay youf" And I, with ray hot face and leaping heart, certainly couiii not tell her. The joy that gavu .Sir Thomas and Isabel new life filled me also tvith an exqulsito delight, but when they wore radiant witli hope and happy by anticipation, my dear mother's face blanched so thut my gladness wan chucked by the duty of comfort- Ing her. In this office Isabel came to my help with the sweot words und winning ways that were all her awn, and by dint <>f our unceasing perseverance In looking ill tbe sunny slda of things and keeping llio dark out of view, In u little while my mother mulled through her tears, owning, with a fervent embrace, thut It was good for young men to go out iuto the world mul try hazards with fortune. "Few have such frteudH, Andrew," she suld, looking toward Isabel, while clinging to me, "Audi would not etaud between you and dlntlnuUon, fur lew would I illii(ler you from doing a worthy action." And then »ue and Isulivl laughed uiul cried together, whllo I ehewwl my thumb In a corner, and there wan au «n<l of objections. It must bu understood that I was not to go solely us Kir Thomas' emissary to Beck out Uunuld. I wuuKcli'tf prliiiwJJy ou luy own account—to imnb uiy own fortune—anil Sir Thomas' mission wan, as uo wiw pleased to put It, "u mure out of charity tlonu to a Ktrunger out of the gouilnuM of my heart,." Yet In truth tho charity and goodness were •11 on the other t>ltle. Sir Thomas furnish txl mo with letters of Introduction tu the best known und moat iiittuuntlul muu Iu JJouibuy, bedlilea writing many private and BlMiulul lutU»rs la my behalf which I did uul •co. My career won tu bu u murcuiitllu one —thut, 011 nmtuvu uonuldurntlun, being thought to afford the easiest itiui upeuUlesl way to aflluvjice fur o»u ut my tuleuU. "Thu rlehut.1 JCnropuiuiK In Inilluiire mrr chuntu aiid hanker*," Miltl hill 1 Thuiiuu, "mid they uru ull, iw the Maying Is, uiudo men. Vhu days of (hu Ku«t India company urc over. Tliuro uvu m> l'omtiu>» being nimlu In thut Bi-i-vlcu now, ll'iuijili," ill u»t«nUteunt voice, "it WIIH uul uhvuja HO. Uut Inillu U u wltlu Held, uiiti t htw lift, ter», Mr. Andruw, will, I thiuli, mil yun in ft position to choose according to* your tastes, t have no advice to offer except not to be in too much haste to decide." For what Sir Thomas had specially at heart ull provision wus made both in letters and in money. Of the last there was to be absolutely no stint. 1 was to spend as much and as long as 1 should think proper, or in other words ns long as there should be the faintest hope of tracking Donald. "My bankers shall have full instructions in the mutter," said Sir -Thomas, "aud In the meantime we must not forget preliminary expenses." Whereupon he Insisted on my taking in ready money and bankers' drafts a sum that seemed to me ft fortune. Finally, a» I was in great glee with my prospects and protested against delay, it was arranged that In exactly three weeks from the date of my homecoming I was to sail from London in the steamship the Pearl, of the Orient, commanded by Captain Roger*, who, being a friend of Sir Thomas, was charged to provide for my comfort on ."Mpboard. And so thi> ultimate decision was made. I was to lift anchor and set sail fpr the unknown, as so many did before and so many will do after me.' How I fared there, how the reality belied all dreams and anticipations, how fate mocked at wisdom, made naught of forethought nnd a plaything of me it will bu the business of succeeding pages to tell. Coming events cost uo shadow before, and in the meantime I was eager and happy. How the th rue weeks passed I cannot very well say. I was a frequent guest at The Elms and »aw a good deal of Isabel, whose presence I learned to bear without shrinking or .simking. She talked to me of her life in India, and also of her brother, for whom she had the warmest affection and admiration. "They may tell you stories about Donald," she oncH .said. "They may say he was a scamp, and all that, for it is easy talking. But don't believe them. He was high spirited, that was his fault, and my father crossed him. His worst sin was to become a soldier when his friends wanted him to be something else, and the records of the war office show ho was no coward. He saved the British colors when the enemy broke a British square, and be has done many a brave thing since. If he had remained in the army, he'd have got almost any rank, but he hadn't peace to do that, and it's since he left it we have lost trace of him." She never missed a chance of speaking iiuout him. He seemed to fill her whole soul, to be her only thought, a circumstance that secretly piqued me not a little. "Oh," she would often breakout in the most irrelevant way, "if you could only find my brother, if you could only find Donald, I should bo so grateful to you. But indeed, indeed," and here she would look in my face till I thought I saw visions of heaven, "I will be just as grateful to you if you never find him. Words cannot express your goodness in trying." Then I would reply that if Donald were in India I would lind him, a speech which always brought me a rapturous smile of thanks and further visions of paradise. I will pass swiftly over the preparation made at Kilburnie for my departure. My dear mother took care that my outfit lacked nothing it was possible for her to procure, and even my father softened toward me, busying himself with my affairs and seeming conscience stricken for having been so stern with me. "You do well, Andrew," hesaid one evening when we chanced to be by ourselves, and his voice was husky. "You do well, Andrew, L have no doubt, In following your own instincts. When you go so far away— for to a homekeeping man like mo it is so far away, though it is still in God's universe—when you go away, do not forget that we are left behind, and you'll let us bear from you. And as to the other thiuu we may find a way out of our troubles. God bless you, my boy. We are all in his bands." And he could say no more. At dinner, on the last evening, Duncan, the coachman, who was also gamekeeper, factor, forester and general factotum and had served the Kilgours man and boy foi 60 years, got out his pipes and serenaded UH in his most stirring manner. "It is for Mr. Andrew," he said. "Be will bo going away, God bless him, and be a big man, with black servants, and maybe Duncan will never set eyes ou him again. And, God bless him, he will have the pipe* to his denncr whatever just us loud as uuld Duncan's lungs' can bluvv. Aye, will he too." And so lustilydid Duncan blow that not a word of conversation could wo have during the whole meal. When his chanter was silent, however, and the dusk had fallen, and we three, my father, my mother and myself, sat together, there wan talk, but no syllable of it will be set down h,ere, for It wan tor ourselves alone. Next morning Duncan drove me to tbe village to meet the stage—uiy father and mother accompanying. Early as was the hour, Sir Thomas und Isabel were waiting for us, and greeted us with A fervor that was almost silent. Isabel held in her hand two little bunches of white Leather on which she looked down from time to time as I fancied with some embarrassment. At Inst »be came dime to me, and with a soft emotion Stiff uulna her cheek nud shining In her eye, she suid: "This is for luck. One u) for Donald—you see I expect you to find him. The other," und her voice fell to a mere whisper, "is for yourself. It will kerp you In mind of tho old home, and perhaps I may see them both again." AH HUB ceased speaking, the shrill noted of u bugle' broke upon the morning stillness, and a minute or two later the stagecoach cmiiu up ut a hundsome pace, the LorBes fresh und mettlesome and shaking their heads an If eager for thu rottd. Mj baggage was quickly buudled up, farewells were hastily Ulu-u, uud I mounted to my place, feeling us if 1 were Iu uu uufumlllai region of mists. Suddenly old Duncan scrambled up busldu mi>, a parcel rolled iu blue cloth Iu his hand. "Take it," he said huskily, pushing It into iny anus, "God bless yu, take It. It will be tho Killer |)|pe« I learned yo to blow on, Ayont tho was ye'll can gle u skirl ut UmuM to mind yu ol old frluuus, und wliuu yo coma buck yu'll can march to your owu qulckvtup, aiitl maybe. DouuUl will be there to ttlu« hU bonnet iu thu air. 11000)1 /iyul God bleu yo—Out] blunt) yul" und u tremulous bunU putted m« like » buby 011 thu buck. Then Duncan luupml down uud stulkudbaokto lilu hones, during any one to nay tear* were on hli chocks or thut hla baud* wtru shaking uu il with u palsy. lUuwuw uu odd gill, but I took It, knowing how refunal would hurl him. In another mlmito the driver hud g«th Bred uu Urn raliu, touched thu lirunctni, leader* with tils whip, and wu were off. ] giuxxl back, waving my hand to thu link group by thu inn dour (III wu turned n bent III thu rottd. Then, Btii-liiK nonu too weil, I luruud, nutting my fuuu resolutely (urwurtl CllAl'TKH V. rilKtiKAI«'li I'Oil DONAI.U UOKDON. Ou thu jouniuy boutli, my spirits tirin now luuuutlnu liku mercury In tho HUH, 1 could not realut thu luuiiitutlon to Kuuiul m tour or twu In ICUliiburgh Iu thu Uuloutublu uiuklug wy old conirude* en VfoMs. The achievement WM I A few gignifleiint bints and the signi 011 letter* and drafts brought wntftam them a» near to bursting as the frog to HUJ|> (able. Some envied me the money, ion- tbe adventures, others said.it wag the I" tiful combination of both that took fancy, and all agreed I had certainly DMKl$ born with the coveted silver spoon In *"" '* "It's one of the shameless tricks of Madam £? Fortune," said an embryotlc divine, Map" '}| ping me on the shoulder. "Here you go • out there to ride elephants and shoot tigers and order flunkies and enrich yourself from inexhaustible treasures of gold and gems, 'JS while I imi left to wrestle with harrowingjr 1 problems in theology. Do you call that'. fair?" I was to write them volumes about the ;** wonders of tbe Indies and was to give ps' . .' ticular information on these two poin*'a| namely, the feeling inspired by a wof* tiger charging full upon you when yoiik 1 > Is empty and wbat I thought of the IL S ,•. ,. s ,™ then eods—from o financial point of vie?' ' -"fl® "I believe," remarked one with a w m " ; ',5>f for finance, "those unconscionable pagl'O,' make themselves deities of the finest tV- i™ set with precious stones while we haven't.il cosh enough for an afternoon's outing. Just ' send us a god, old chappie, till we see hovf the heathen abomination would melt in the crucible of a Christian Koklsmith." They escorted me in a body to my coach, For, being prosperous now, acquaintances * became friends. They gave a prolonged cheei- as the vehicle moved off and a unanimous injuuctiou to mind my liver and 1 on my guard against the encroachments of pride when, as nabob with a retinue of slaves, I hobnobbed with the dusky and luxurious potentates of the east. > Only one thing marred my enjoyment. I had it set in my miud to Rive Peter Clephane the soundest drubbing he had ever ' had in his life, but as be happened to be. absent in Dundee my virtuous inte not blossom into action. Arrived in London, uiy first business'Was to find Captain Rogers. He bad heard from Sir Thomas and received me with great affability aud consideration, under* taking to have me bestowed in thebesV part of the ship and to let me see something. of the town before we. started. In roe, as I remember, our sightseeing expeditions produced perhaps as much bewilderment a* pleasure. I wandered through the seething, roaring wilderness of the largest city of tbe world eager to learn and admire, yet feeling so utterly out of my element, so much confounded by the din and smoke • and rush, by the ruthless self nssertiveners and indifference that seemed to characterize men and things alike, by the squalor and splendor so grotesquely blended and tragically contrasted—in a word, so dazed by the distracting throb and tumult of .a nation's mighty heart, thut I was glad to get away. When the time came to sail, the river sides were thronged with people to witness the spectacle of our departure; for, tbat being just the beginning of tbe era of steam,. !t was thought a miraculous thing to see a stately three decker sailing oft with never a stitch of canvas set nor any visible means of getting forward save by a wheel tblt frantically churned the water into foam; / and if it was strange to the spectators on shore to see a big ship going bravely on independently of wind and tide I must own it was rather startling to one at least of those on board to be caged upon the waters with a belching, pounding, wheezing, screeching'fire demon tbat seemed to be crying out in eternal agony and struggling with all its frenzied might to burst its bonds and wreak destruction on all about it. Often in the night have i loin listening to it in its miniature pandemonium, never silent, never slumbering, never for | brief moment at peace, but forever wn ing and writhing, forever setting up^ tamelnappeasuble cry of laboring pain.i the same terrible threat of ve Nowadays we have grown BO familiar i the fire fiend that, as it were, we stroke htm complacently ou the back, but I never < come near him In steamer or hissing loco- mptive without a shudder at the thought of the vengeance he will one day wreak on this world. But in that fresh experience curiosity and interest soon mastered fear. There was gladness in the ease aud speed with which our flame fed slave carried us down the river and along the coast of Kent and part "the tall white cliffs of Dover," the last prominent spot on which the exile'* strain- log eye rests when be ia leaving England for the east and the first on which it wistfully falls when happily he returns. Tbe sun waa going down in a soft uuSuslon of color as we entered tbe strait, casting * glamorous iridescent light on the receding laud and the sails of the many stately shipi that were bearing gallantly up and down, ' some, like ourselves, outward bound, others, their wanderings for tbe present over, bound for the home we had left. I stood on the deck gazing backward till the land melted into darkness, then Captain Rogers quietly slipped his arm iu mine, aqd wt went below to supper. , The Pearl of the Orient made a quick and prosperous passage, landing us ia Bombay in a day less than the time reckoned tor the voyage before starting. Vou may b* ' sure 1 did not allow Sir Thomas' bustneiM to lag. ' Having presented my letters of introduo^ * tion and undergone a brief but fiery courst of hospitality, I let vigorously to the work before mo, assisted by tbe numerous friends of my patron. I hod no difficulty i;j" covering that Donald Gordon ha in Uombay some 18 month* before t__ .„ suddenly dhuippaaml, But wlilther be lutd gone, whether he had departed by land ( by *ea, or beau dlapatolied by the hand i the aiwaBBiu, no ono had thu least '' There were of course coiijuctures in pWw f He might be hunting in the jungle, ei tMf> ing the cool air among the hills, or trUHck- ing with oily natives lu another town. H» might bo iu China or Japan -or Australia or the South Sea laluiulb or Peru, or ia ik» Interior of some enterprising shark, Tht powilblllllus were endless, but there wM only onu certainty—that ho had oompltttdy slipped all his frluudu in Uowbay. In my flrnt report home, then, I bod nothing butter to mmi) than hope, of vUgfe 1 won no niggard. I sUUxl, truthfully enough 1 trust, Chut 1 Uud already learned something about UoimlU; ul*o, I fear not quite so truthfully, Umt I was not without reasonable ground for thinking that he aud I should shortly have a dUU of curry fe> gather. I did not tell them tbat as a last roourov I hud employed Hie olevurest private ileteotlvo In the city to help me, and that hu hud fulled to find no much as * sluglfi eluu, iliui l wrlttuu what •was In my miud 1 ahould imvuuuld frankly tlmt so (M as could thuti bu KUUU tuuro wa» not tharj remotest clmiico of being ablo tu truce Don* aid, Perhaps thu butt w conrsi) ivuuld have been to buy I hut. I buw lhln nioro clearly wliuu Uiu ifllur \viw guiiu,uucl J ljud«C(Viuc< at reason io uouuluUu hu muni bu raiUy I argued Iu this wayt Donald Gordon ltd* u niultltutlo u| friends in Uumbuy, «i he wluhut] u> IcttVu liu would cortanlV told thumof hlHliiluiitluii.uiulthoiliri au puruqiMxl to lultu, «ml \vlwi hu. •Ml'-ill! .. * LUAigJ' t i

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